U.S. Records First Measles Death in 12 Years

Posted on July 3, 2015

The U.S. has recorded its first measles death in 12 years. The Washington State Department of Health says a woman died of measles this spring. They believe she was exposed to measles at a local health facility.

The woman was not identified. CNN reports that her measles infection was discovered during an autopsy.

The health department said in a statement, "The woman had several other health conditions and was on medications that contributed to a suppressed immune system. She didn't have some of the common symptoms of measles such as a rash, so the infection wasn't discovered until after her death. The cause of death was pneumonia due to measles."

The health department also says the amount of time it takes to develop the disease - within three weeks of exposure - has passed and none of her contacts have developed measles. There have been a total of 11 measles cases in the state of Washington so far this year. Take a look: