Health officials confirm first Idaho measles case since 2001

Health officials confirm first Idaho measles case since 2001

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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Health officials say the first case of measles in nearly two decades in Idaho has been confirmed.

The Idaho North Central District health department announced in a statement Wednesday that a Latah County patient tested positive for the virus.

The department says people who were in the Gritman Medical Center's lab and imaging waiting area in Moscow might have been exposed to the virus during the afternoon of May 31.

Hospital officials say the patient was isolated once measles symptoms were detected and areas of the hospital were disinfected.

Officials say people who think they might have measles should stay home and contact their health care provider.

The department is notifying patients who might have been exposed.

The last case of measles in the state was recorded in 2001.

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