An unidentified international student arriving from Mumbai India on January second unknowingly transported the measles virus to the University of Indiana campus in Bloomington. The infected female student was diagnosed with measles several days after moving into her dorm room at McNutt Residence Hall on-campus and reporting symptoms.
Indiana University Health Center Director Dr. Diana Ebling on the school’s response, “We will contact campus and community members who may have been exposed, but we also want our students and staff to review their own immunization history and take appropriate steps”. While the university requires all students to be vaccinated for measles prior to enrollment, the school is offering vaccinations for anyone may have been exposed.
Monroe County, home to Bloomington, issued a countywide advisory alerting residents of the outbreak, which to date has one confirmed case. Monroe county health officials released a comprehensive list of public locations and businesses that were exposed to the highly contagious virus, as well as how to spot symptoms. For the full list visit: http://fox59.com/2018/01/11/health-officials-investigate-possible-measles-exposure-at-bloomington-businesses/
En-route to Bloomington, the infected international student had a layover at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey before arriving to her final destination Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. Health officials in both states were scrambled to help contain the fallout from the potential outbreak. Although measles was eradicated in the United States in 2000, it remains a problem in less-developed countries like India.