• Health officials confirm measles case in Oklahoma

    By: Ryan Love


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a measles case in the state.
    • The case is under investigation in Okmulgee County.
    • Health officials want to warn those who visited the Saint Francis Glenpool emergency room on May 11 between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. about potential exposure to the virus.
    • This is a developing story. DOWNLOAD the FOX23 News App for live updates sent to your phone.

    Health officials are investigating the first case of measles in Oklahoma in 2019.

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health told FOX23 on Wednesday they confirmed a case of the virus in Okmulgee County.

    Health officials are working with Saint Francis Glenpool to identify and inform those who visited the hospital's ER on May 11 between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. They are at risk of exposure to the virus.

    Saint Francis Health System released the following statement when they were still awaiting test results:

    "A suspected case of measles was identified at one of our ambulatory facilities. A notice was sent out to our medical staff apprising them of the potential case while awaiting final results from the Department of Health. As with all public health issues, the Department of Health will oversee the release of information regarding this case." - St. Francis Health System

    This is the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since May 2018.

    U.S. health officials told the Associated Press this year's count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation's highest in 25 years.

    The bulk of that number is made up of the increasing amount of cases in New York.

    People born between 1957 and 1989 may be under-vaccinated for measles and not know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some doctors are recommending they receive another dose of the vaccine.

    FOX23's Shae Rozzi took a look at the risks and benefits to vaccinations:

    READ MORE: FOX23 Investigates: Vaccinating for measles

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