Measles Case Confirmed, Possible Exposures In Baltimore Area

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The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated.

- Maryland's Department of Health is issuing a warning after confirming a case of measles.

All of the newly-confirmed cases were in Oakland County, where 38 cases have been confirmed in 2019.

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A county in New York City's northern suburbs, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency last week over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against unvaccinated children in public places wakes their parents to the seriousness of the problem.

Tehama Health officials said that if the county does not receive any additional cases between now and April 11, the county will consider itself cleared of the threat of additional measles cases. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours.

Queensland Health's acting Communicable Diseases Branch medical director Jonathan Malo said he was concerned that because measles was much less common than in previous generations, people were not aware of how serious a disease it could be. However, a large body of scientific research has proven there is no link between vaccines and the developmental disorder, even in children at high risk.

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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. They include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes.

Measles symptoms usually start at around 10 days after contact with an infectious person. Within three to seven days a red blotchy rash will appear first on the face before spreading. "If there is any sign of symptoms to contact your healthcare provider prior to showing up at that provider's office so that appropriate arrangements can be made for examination or treatment", states Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. If your child received an immunization consent package but has documented measles vaccine elsewhere, please include this information on the immunization consent form in the space provided. Vaccinated people who still get the disease tend to have a milder illness.

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