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Confirmed case of Measles virus at IU

A student living in McNutt Residence Hall was diagnosed with measles, according to an IU press release on Wednesday.  Local, IU and state health officials are investigating who the student may have come to contact with when he first arrived in Bloomington Jan. 2 for New Student Orientation, according to the press release. 

Measles is extremely contagious for anyone who hasn’t received vaccinations for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While IU students should have already had their two doses of the vaccine, the University requires it for a second semester of classes, students and faculty who have not been vaccinated should contact their primary-care provider or the IU Health Center.

IU Health Center can be contacted at 812-855-5002 during office hours or 812-855-4011 after hours. 

Symptoms for measles include: high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes and tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. According to the CDC, the symptoms usually start appearing about seven to 14 days after a person is first infected.

This story will be updated as further information becomes available.

Dominick Jean

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