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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 27, 2015

Northwest taking precautions to prevent measles outbreak

As the United States continues to experience a measles outbreak with more than 140 documented cases in multiple states and a few cases being investigated in Missouri, Northwest Missouri State University is taking precautions to prevent an outbreak on its campus.

Northwest is monitoring the national outbreak and communicating directly with students who have waived out of the University’s vaccine requirement or are non-compliant. Per Northwest’s policy, in the event of a measles outbreak locally, students who are not vaccinated may be asked to leave the campus, forcing possible academic and financial implications for those students.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. It is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterward. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air. The CDC offers more information and resources regarding measles here.

As always, Northwest takes the health and safety of its students and employees seriously, and plans and policies are in place to prevent such outbreaks from occurring on the University campus. Students and employees seeking more information regarding Northwest’s vaccination and disease prevention practices may contact Wellness Services at 660.562.1348.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468