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Measles in Mitchell--First SD Outbreak in 18 Years

Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota
Brent Duerre
Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

A newly reported case of measles has popped up in Mitchell.   This brings the total number of measles cases in the state to 13.   All of the people infected so far are in the same extended family group, but not all of them live in the state.

All the people associated with this outbreak had not been vaccinated. - Dr. Lon Kightlinger

It’s the first measles outbreak in South Dakota in 18 years.  The State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says those who are properly vaccinated are immune to the disease.
“It’s showing time and time again, and again in this outbreak--all the people associated with this outbreak had not been vaccinated, says Kightlinger”

Measles vaccinations come in two stages, one for infants and again before age four.   Measles vaccinations are required for anyone entering South Dakota schools, and for any children entering child care.  They are also required for college entry. 

The time periods and locations where other community members in Mitchell may have been exposed to Measles are the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital waiting room from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 and the Casey’s General Store on 1st and Main from ~2 to  4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10.

SD Health Department officials say they are working directly with the individual’s workplace to identify any contacts.

UPDATE:  A measles vaccination clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Davison County North Annex, Community Health Office, 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell.  No appointments are necessary.