West Virginia Department of Health announces successful containment of measles case in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — The first case of measles in West Virginia since 2009 was successfully contained, according to the West Virginia Department of Health.

After a case of measles was confirmed in Monongalia County in April 2024, the West Virginia Department of Health (DH) stated that people who were exposed to the infected person were past the monitoring period as of Friday, May 10, 2024.

Possible measles transmission being monitored by the West Virginia Department of Health

Thanks to a swift and comprehensive response through aggressive contact tracing and cooperation from the public, I am pleased to report no additional cases of measles have been reported.

Secretary Sherri Young | D.O., MBA, FAAFP

Having a confirmed case of measles in the Mountain State, the first in years, showed the significance of making sure that you are vaccinated especially with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is very helpful at preventing measles.

The reason this case of measles was able to be contained is because West Virginia has strong herd immunity, which protects vulnerable people – infants, immunocompromised people, and older adults – from the spread of deadly diseases like measles.  The MMR vaccine is the best defense against measles, not only to protect yourself but your loved ones as well. While this case was contained, outbreaks of the virus continue to plague other states.  We encourage all West Virginians to check their vaccination records and get vaccinated if they are not immune.

Dr. Matthew Christiansen | State Health Officer

Usually, the measles vaccine is given in two doses. The first is often given between 12 and 15 months old, and the second between four and six years old. The vaccine is necessary before children enter Kindergarten in West Virginia.

First measles case confirmed in West Virginia since 2009

People who are born after 1956 are advised to get a minimum of one dose of the MMR vaccine, unless they have proof of immunity. College students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers are advised to get two spaced out doses of the MMR vaccines.

The vaccines are recommended for children and adults by the Bureau for Public Health, especially with people traveling as summer gets closer. The vaccines can be found at local health departments and healthcare providers throughout the state.

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