Seriously. Sixteen cases have been confirmed in Grant County as of last Sunday, the 18th. Tonight I was able to make it home to watch the finale of American Idol (yay! the right David won!) because my meeting with a builder had been canceled. And why? The builder has the measles.
Up in Grant County, interviews with Health District officials revealed that
measles should be suspected only if a case meets these diagnostic criteria: Symptoms include rash, fever and sensitivity to light; the patient likely has been exposed to the disease; and has not had the two-dose immunization.
But this is the part that scares me –
In at least one case, health district staff interviews determined a patient with suspected measles had been fully vaccinated, Hill said.
Yikes! I’ve been fully vaccinated, as most people my age have been. The builder is perhaps a bit younger than I, but he’s not 18-months-old, which is how young you need to be to have your first measles shot. So how did he get it? And who else will?
I’m hoping he doesn’t really have it. Perhaps his child got a hold of a red marker and dotted him up pretty good while Dad was sleeping? That’s what I’m going with until I know more.