Milwaukee’s local officials are trying to contain a measles outbreak that could possibly involve scores of unsuspecting victims.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday that one of the four people confirmed to have measles had been exposed to more than 150 people before being contained. As such, local officials are alarmed that the infection could have spread dramatically.
According to Darren Rausch, Milwaukee’s Health officer, “Officials have been able to locate and contain a 37-year-old man, a 23-month-old girl and two boys, ages 5 months and 1 year, who were found to have measles. We believe we have limited the exposure.”
As precaution to the potential exposure, officials have offered free immunization vaccinations through the city Saturday. Anyone wanting immunization should contact his or her local health office immediately. Milwaukee Health Department director Geoffrey Swain said that one shot of immunization is 95% effective.