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Second measles case confirmed in Latah County

This is the first confirmed case of measles in Idaho since 2001.

LATAH COUNTY, Idaho — A second case of the measles has been confirmed in Latah County, according to the Idaho Public Health's North Central District.

The second case comes just days after a different measles case was confirmed on Wednesday.

According to the Idaho Public Health's North Central District, the first case was confirmed in a child that was too young to be immunized.The second case was a family member that was partially immunized due to age. The newest case was also exposed to measles while traveling internationally. 

Public Health officials say has been no spread of measles to the general public in Latah County or Idaho at this time.

Before the two recent cases, the last time a measles case was confirmed in Idaho was in 2001.

Gritman Medical Center in Moscow sent out a press release on Wednesday afternoon announcing that the first case was present at the facility's laboratory on May 31.

The first infected person also visited the Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow on May 26, according to Idaho Public Health.

According to the release, Gritman staff noticed the symptoms immediately put protective measures into place and isolated the individual. All areas of the hospital that the individual visited were disinfected.

Gritman and the health district identified individuals who may have been exposed to the measles, according to the release. 

Anyone who is unvaccinated and was at Gritman on May 31 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for laboratory or diagnostic imaging services, or at Trinity Reformed Church on May 26, is asked to contact the Idaho Public Health North Central District at 208-748-0400.

The release also asked that anyone who may have the measles self-quarantine inside their home and call their doctor or clinic for medical advice.

A measles outbreak hit western Washington earlier this year, with at least nine cases confirmed in the state. 

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill in May that outlaws personal or philosophical exemptions from measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. Parents in Washington can still claim medical or religious exemptions as reasons not to vaccinate their children from the communicable diseases. 

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