(WTNH) – The Connecticut Department of Health confirms a third case of measles in Connecticut this year.
The case is linked to the outbreak in New York City, but not connected to previous CT measles cases.
An adult from New Haven County is infected. The Department reports the person contracted the measles after they were exposed to it on a trip to Brooklyn, NY during the last week of March.
Dr. Jack Ross, MD is an Infectious Disease Specialist at Hartford Hospital. Ross said, “We’re seeing imported cases that then infect unvaccinated populations. In this case, imported measles from a country in the Middle East, that then got into the orthodox Jewish population particularly in Brooklyn.”
“We are monitoring and investigating this case very closely, including working with our local health departments to follow up with any individuals that may have been exposed to measles,” said Connecticut DPH Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell.
“Science tells us that the single best thing anyone can do to protect themselves from this highly contagious virus is to get vaccinated. Connecticut has very high vaccination rates, so we are at low risk for a widespread measles outbreak. If you have a fever and a rash and you think you might have measles, you should avoid public settings and call your healthcare provider BEFORE going directly to a healthcare facility so steps can be taken to avoid possibly exposing others,” Mitchell said.