Ind. measles outbreak illustrates disease risk

INDIANAPOLIS — The outbreak of measles linked to Indianapolis' Super Bowl Village is the second major outbreak in two years despite the state's above-average vaccination rate.

The Centers for Disease Control reported more than 92 percent of Indiana children are immunized against measles. Other countries have much lower vaccination rates, and Dr. Greg Wallace of the CDC said contact with people from outside the U.S. is the primary cause of measles.

Indiana health department spokeswoman Amy Reel said Wednesday the number of confirmed measles cases in this outbreak is steady at 13. So far, all the cases have been confined to Hamilton and Boone counties north of Indianapolis.

Reel said the number could increase in the coming days as measles symptoms progress. She could not say where the measles outbreak originated.


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