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7th measles case confirmed in vaccinated man

21.03.2019 - 10:00
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A 23-year-old in Reykjavík has been diagnosed with measles. It is the seventh confirmed case since the outbreak began in Iceland in mid-February, according to the Directorate of Health.

The individual diagnosed on Tuesday was vaccinated against measles at the age of 12. He recently had contact with an infected individual and reported feeling unwell ten days later, with an increased temperature and a rash that appeared to be identical to a measles rash.  

The Directorate of Health reports that the case appears to be a very minor one, thanks to the vaccination. It is rare but not unheard of for vaccinated people to contract the virus. 

Mild measles cases do not pose long-term risk to the individual and they are not as contagious. It is not necessary to home-quarantine people that they have been in contact with. The patient will be quarantined for four days after the rash was identified. 

There have been other cases of people developing a measles rash shortly after being vaccinated and for tests to show the presence of the disease. The Directorate of Health website says such symptoms are normal and that affected people are not contagious to others. Most cases do not require testing and family doctors are in charge of deciding how to proceed, if at all.  

The authorities are not making any changes to their plans or working methods in reaction to this latest case.