Sat. May 18th, 2024


CLOVIS (KSMX)- The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a possible case of measles in southern New Mexico. Health officials say an individual in Sierra County could possibly be infected with the highly contagious virus.

Tests must still be performed to positively diagnose the patient with measles. Symptoms of the virus include a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a sore throat. Finally, the most recognizable symptom, a rash, will spread across the body. The last reported case of measles in New Mexico was in 2014. The Santa Fe New Mexican recently reported that medical professionals say the risk of contracting the virus is climbing due to a number of children receiving exemptions from routine immunizations.

It is the greatest number of cases reported in America since 1994. Measles was declared eliminated in the year 2000.

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