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Measles in Iowa

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Des Moines (KWWL) - An Iowa child with measles is being treated as an emergency public health threat.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says measles spreads easily and can cause serious disease and death.

Officials are trying to determine how the northwest Iowa child was exposed to the disease. Symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and rash.

All Iowans are urged to make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date.

More cases of measles have been reported in 2008 than any other year since 1996, with 131 cases reported.

Researchers say the increase is no due to a growing number of imported cases, meaning visitors traveled to the u-s and became ill. Rather, a few imported cases triggered the illness in several children whose parents here in the states chose not have them vaccinated for ethical and religious purposes.

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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