The Indiana State Department of Health reported that a Hamilton County resident with a confirmed case of the measles visited the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis on Friday. Since then, they have identified two more probable cases in Boone County.
According to Purdue, 972 students are either not vaccinated against the measles or have not provided record of it. Now, the university is sending those students a warning to look out for measles symptoms including fever, rash, muscle pain, pink eye, and a sore throat.
Though health officials have not found any suspected cases on campus at Purdue, medical director Sarah Sayger says they are still looking out.
"Tomorrow is kind of the first day we would expect to start seeing anybody," Sayger said. "And we're going to look at them real carefully."
If a student does show symptoms of the measles, they will be tested at the student health center. If the test comes back positive, anyone who has not been vaccinated could be barred from coming to class.
"They would be excluded from the campus environment until that situation was over," Sayger said.
The University is also reminding students that they must have a measles vaccination or a waiver by March.
"Or they will be barred from registration," Sayger said.
Sayger says more than 98 percent of the student body is vaccinated, meaning they are not concerned about an outbreak. but they are concerned about protecting those who aren't protected.
"It's probably a good safety precaution to go ahead and check," said Purdue student Jenny Colvill.
"It definitely would help because those kids they probably don't know, just like I don't know,” said student Carson Heims. "For all I know, I could be one of them, so they definitely should get that informed and the more they get the news out there the more kids who will check and the safer it will be."