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The first confirmed case in the Sooner State since May 2018, was announced on May 15, 2019 by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Measles Reported in Oklahoma

Measles has officially made its way back into Oklahoma. The first confirmed case in the Sooner State since May 2018, was announced on May 15, 2019 by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Child with Measles

The disease was identified in Okmulgee County. The person had recently traveled to various domestic and international destinations.

The virus is still common in many parts of the world with outbreaks occurring in Europe, Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Some travelers have developed the illness once returning to the United States. A high number of unvaccinated and under vaccinated people has contributed to the spread of the illness.

We sat down with David Chansolme, M.D., medical director for infection prevention for INTEGRIS Health, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about measles.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to measles should review their immunization records and contact their local county health department or the OSDH epidemiologist on-call at 800-234-5963.

To receive the MMR vaccine, contact a health care provider or a county health department.

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David Chansolme, M.D. Talks About Measles

David Chansolme, M.D., is an infectious disease physician at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measles