Milwaukee Measles Cases Traced to Unvaccinated Child

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Milwaukee's measles alert began when an unvaccinated 23-month-old refugee from Burma flew to the city from Malaysia.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the child flew to Wisconsin on Aug. 24 and was reported to have laboratory-confirmed measles on Sept. 7.

Since then measles have been confirmed in two more people in Milwaukee. Paul Biedrzycki, the city's director of disease control and environmental health, says both of those people appear to have acquired the disease through exposure to the refugee patient.

Biedrzycki says Milwaukee health workers are working with refugee resettlement agencies to identify and control the spread of measles.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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