Measles is in Indiana!!!!

Measles has been reported in Northeast Indiana

What to Know about Measles:

Measles is spread by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person.  Most common ways to put infectious particles in the air is by sneezing and coughing. 

Those who have had measles or who have been vaccinated with MMR have immunity to the disease.  Measles cases decreased to almost none due to vaccination, but now, rates are starting to rise again.  The disease is likely showing up again because some parents haven’t immunized their children – there was concern of MMR causing autism.  There has been no connection found.  

Symptoms usually begin 8 – 12 days after exposure to the virus.

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Light sensitivity
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash
  • 3 – 5 days after the first signs of being sick
  • Lasts up to  7 days
  • Starts on the head and spreads moving downward
  • Rash may appear flat, solid, red,areas that later join together


  • Itchy
  • Redness and irritation of the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth


There is no specific treatment for the measles, as the virus will run it’s course.

Those who do not have complications do very well.


Complications of measles infection may include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Ear infection
  • Pneumonia

If you believe you, or one of your children, has measles, contact your physician.


About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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