SANTA FE, N.M. (KFDA) - The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed a case of measles today, the first case in the state since December 2014.
On Friday, the NMDOH announced a case of measles in a one-year-old child from Sierra County, the first case since December of 2014.
Measles is a highly contagious and easily transmitted disease. Early symptoms include fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough.
“We have worked with the clinic that treated the child and the patient’s family to identify people who may have been exposed so we can prevent more cases of the disease,” said Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel. “We encourage everyone to check whether you and your family have been vaccinated to protect against measles. Immunization is the best tool we have to protect people from measles.”
Adults who need measles vaccine can call their doctor or local pharmacy. Vaccines for children are also available without charge to the family for any child in New Mexico, regardless of insurance status.