PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Measles, a highly contagious disease considered rare in the U.S., has turned up in the Ocean State.

Rhode Island’s Department of Health announced Friday that a European woman in her 20s visiting the state has been diagnosed with the respiratory illness.

A physician diagnosed the woman, who was not identified, after she sought treatment for a fever and a rash. The Department of Health says the woman flew to New York from an unidentified country in Europe Tuesday, then drove to Rhode Island.

The department says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to notify passengers who were on the woman’s flight.

Children in the U.S. are routinely vaccinated against measles, which is caused by a virus, but vaccination is not common in many other countries.

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  1. emom says:

    I dont get it,, If we go to another country, we must get all vaccinations u[pdated before we travel abroad.. Which frankly I TOTALLY AGREE WITH,, foreing disease and infections can potentially kill us ,, we are not immune to what they are, and vice versa,,,, So it would stand to reason if we are to be vaccinated , why in the heck dont they then …… I would not want to get sick with a disease from another country, and yet we are exposed to them every day unknowingly… We dont immunize against their illinesses, only what the USA has… So when will our government finally realize this is a potential hazzard and require anyone coming into this country be immunized… maybe we as citizens should rethink when others visit us… scarey thought

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