Statement issued Monday:
Noble County Public Health Nurse Cheryl Munson reports that lab tests Friday confirmed the 37-day outbreak had ended with twelve cases in Noble County and two cases in LaGrange County.
The respiratory disease has a 21-day incubation period, and Munson says no new cases have been reported during that period ending Friday.
The outbreak originated with an unvaccinated Noble County resident who contracted measles overseas in mid-June. State health officials in late June warned that residents of Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Steuben, and Whitley Counties could also be affected.
As a result of this outbreak, the lab at Indiana State Department of Health ran 268 blood tests and 33 Nasal swabs. The investigation started on June 20th and lasted through July 26, 2011. The last possible cases were ruled out as being negative on Friday, July 29th. The investigation involved 17 state and local employees, and over 780 follow-up phone calls had to be made.
Measles, which can cause a high fever and rash, is rare in the U.S. because of the widespread vaccine availability. The Noble County Health Department urges everyone to be vaccinated.
Michael T. Newton, PEM
Noble County Emergency Management Agency