Measles Information

The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued a statement regarding the recent CONFIRMED case of measles in Iowa…

Measles case in Iowa, first case since 2011

One case of measles has been confirmed in an unvaccinated Iowan with recent travel to Israel.  Public health officials are following up with several potential contacts, but at this time there is no threat to the general public.  


Measles (also known as rubeola and hard measles) is a highly communicable viral disease characterized by fever, cough, coryza(inflammation of the mucus membranes of the nose), conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye), and a maculopapular rash (red area on the skin with raised bumps). It usually occurs in people who have not had the disease before or who have not had the vaccine for it.  

Signs and symptoms begin to appear about 7-21 days after being infected. The rash usually appears about 14 days after being infected.

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever (higher than 101° F)
  • Rash (flat red areas all over the body, with raised bumps )
  • Koplik spots (small spots with white or bluish-white centers on the inside of the cheeks)

Symptoms usually worsen for several days and may lead to the following complications:

  • Pneumonia
  • Swelling in the brain
  • Middle ear infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Death


The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated with a measles containing vaccine (MMR).  Measles vaccine is required for entry into Iowa public and private schools, as well as licensed child care centers and preschools.  Following the Iowa requirements on immunization greatly reduces the risk of children catching measles.


Further information can be found at:

IDPH Measles Information