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State health officials confirm 22 cases of measles

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WISCONSIN(WAOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says there have been 22 confirmed cases of measles in the state.

The DHS says most of them are people living at Fort McCoy in Monroe County. They say the people had recent travel from Afghanistan as part of the emergency evacuation efforts.

Health officials say there are currently no known active measles cases at Fort McCoy and risk of tramission to the community is low.

“From the very beginning, we have welcomed Afghan allies to Wisconsin. We will continue to support federal and local partners in their ongoing efforts to contain the spread of measles and ensure those who have been evacuated from their home communities are receiving the medical care they need in order to be healthy and well-protected,” said Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “The hardships Afghan evacuees have endured in the past year are truly unimaginable, and I ask that we all practice compassion, and respect people’s privacy and culture as the resettlement process continues.”

The DHS says it will be releasing measles case updates every Thursday.

Health officials say most Wisconsinites are vaccinated against measles as kids and it provides lifetime immunity.

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