Measles case identified in Latah County

MOSCOW – Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) in Lewiston announced today a confirmed case of measles in Latah County. This individual was present at Gritman Medical Center’s laboratory on Friday, May 31.

Gritman clinical staff immediately recognized the potential symptoms associated with measles and quickly put standard protective measures into effect, including isolating the individual in a negative pressure containment room to protect others from the risk of infection. The public health department was immediately notified of the situation. After the individual left Gritman, all areas of the hospital where they were present were thoroughly cleaned and completely disinfected.

Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD), in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, has primary authority in managing the response to the situation. Gritman Medical Center administration and clinical leadership are in close coordination with these regional and state authorities.

Gritman, in conjunction with public health, identified individuals who may have been exposed. If you have not been vaccinated for measles or ever had the disease and were at Gritman for either laboratory or diagnostic imaging services on Friday, May 31, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., please contact Public Health – Idaho North Central District at (208) 748-0400.

We strongly encourage the public to get vaccinated and learn about the symptoms of measles by visiting the Gritman Online Clinic at gritman.org/measles, the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/, or Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) at http://idahopublichealth.com.

If you think you or someone you know may have measles, it is extremely important that you self-quarantine at home to prevent spreading the virus. Do not go to public spaces or interact with others. Do not go to the hospital or doctor’s office. Call your doctor or clinic to get instructions or advice. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher there may be a risk of measles.

All questions should be directed to Public Health – Idaho North Central District at (208) 748-0400.