Health officials confirm measles case in Dallas County

Health officials confirm measles case in Dallas County

QUEENSLAND health authorities have warned about a measles outbreak in Townsville with two new cases confirmed, both linked to another man who was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus last week. However, businesses in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan could be affected.

The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the air where an infected person visited.

There are no public exposure sites for the Wayne County case.

The confirmed cases include seven in Ocean County and two in Monmouth County, Additional measles cases have been reported in the state; however, they are unrelated to this outbreak.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune.

The HPSC, Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, said they have recorded 10 cases since the start of February 2019.

High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).

Measles is one of the world's most infectious diseases and in rare cases, can be deadly. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully-vaccinated should check with their GP practice. Children typically receive one dose of MMR at 12 months of age followed by one dose of MMRV starting at four years of age.

Measles is preventable with a vaccine.

"Unfortunately, people can die from measles". The incubation period for this febrile rash illness is between 7 and 21 days.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office. The rash often starts on the face and neck, then spreads over the body.

For more information about measles, visit the CDC website.

Oakland County residents seeking measles immunization should contact the Oakland County Health Division at 800-848-5533. Highrisk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).

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