Measles Case Confirmed, Possible Exposures In Baltimore Area

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

Dallas County's measles case had stayed at home during their period of potential contagiousness and therefore did not result in any additional public or workplace exposures. Those affected range from age eight months to 63 years.

Anyone who may have been exposed at this location should watch for symptoms until April 21.

Students who are unimmunized or under-immunized with respect to MMR or MMRV vaccine based on public health immunization records will receive an immunization consent package.

For more information about measles, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170/ and http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html .

According to the CDC, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective.

If symptoms are noticed the members of the public should contact their health care provider before you visit them so they can take precautions to prevent transmission of measles to others.

"These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC website states, adding that people should be vaccinated before traveling internationally.

As a result of high vaccination rates in general, measles hasn't been widespread in the United States for more than a decade.

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Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.

"The MMR vaccine is a requirement for joining the service", Ryan said.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

The agency recommends that adults with no evidence of immunity get at least one dose of the vaccine.

In response to the latest confirmed cases, the Oakland County Health Division hosted a special measles vaccination clinic on Saturday in Southfield. Symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after exposure to the virus.

The state says this is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991, when 65 cases were report.

The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs. The virus can live in droplets in the air up to two hours after an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

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