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Measles

2011 Updates

2011 Actualizaciones

  • September 19, 2011 - A third measles case has been reported within the greater Milwaukee area.  Greendale Health Department has confirmed measles in an infant living there.  Click here to see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

  • September 16, 2011 - There are currently no new cases to announce beyond the two lab-confirmed measles cases already reported.  (Hasta la fecha, NO hay casos nuevos confirmados por el laboratorio.)   Special measles clinics are still being offered for those who would like to be vaccinated against the disease.   Click here for more information.

  • September 13, 2011 - We are reporting another laboratory-confirmed case of measles, bringing our total count to 2 confirmed cases.  (Reportamos otro caso de sarampión confirmado por el laboratorio, lo que resulta en un total de 2 casos confirmados.)   Please click here to see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online report. 

  • September 12, 2011 - The City of Milwaukee Health Department continues its measles investigation.  To date there are no new laboratory confirmed cases to report.  However, as part of our on-going case contact investigation, the MHD would like to ask that persons who visited the Social Security Administration office or the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin offices located at 1710 South 7th Street between the hours of . . .     Click here for more information.   (Cliq aquí para mas información.)

  • September 7, 2011 - The City of Milwaukee Health Department has identified a confirmed case of measles in a City of Milwaukee resident.  At this time MHD has taken measures to isolate the case and is contacting individuals who may have had significant exposure to the case while they were infectious.  Click here for more information.  (Cliq aquí para mas información.)


General Measles Information

Measles disease is caused by the measles virus.  The virus can travel easily through the air.  Being in the same building as somebody with measles is enough to become infected.  About 10-12 days after exposure, fever, cough, runny nose, and watery red eyes may appear.  Around the same time, red spots with white centers may show up inside the mouth.  Several days after the start of the symptoms, a full-body rash will appear. This red/brown blotchy rash generally starts at the forehead and then spreads to the face, neck, body, and feet. The rash can last for 5-6 days.  Sometimes, measles can cause diarrhea, ear infection, and/or pneumonia.  In rare cases, measles can lead to seizures and even death.  Measles is usually more serious in adults than in children.  Having measles while you are pregnant raises the risk of a miscarriage.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral diseases that can be prevented by routine childhood vaccination. The measles vaccine is safe and effective and are usually given in a combined vaccine called the MMR vaccine.  The MMR vaccine provides protection against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella.  The MMR vaccination is required for school/childcare attendance. Children should normally receive two doses of MMR (at 12-15 months and 4-6 years).  In outbreak situations, the interval between the first and second dose may be shortened to 4 weeks.  Unvaccinated adults should also receive two doses of MMR.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) provides free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations at several clinic locations.


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General Public

Healthcare Providers 

Visit the State of Wisconsin Immunization Program Website for Measles Vaccination Guidelines and related information. Confirmed or suspected cases of measles must be reported within 24 hours. In Milwaukee County, cases should be reported to MHD SurvNet at (414) 286-3624 [phone] or (414) 286-0280 [fax].