Health officials confirm measles case in Maryland resident | Lexington Herald Leader

Brittany Mendoza
April 7, 2019

Statewide, the numbers of measles cases this year climbed to 39 as of Friday, with 38 in Oakland County and one in Wayne County.

The MDHHS says the people infected range in age from eight months to 63 years.

The latest cases have prompted health officials to provide the MMR vaccine on Sunday because those who were exposed to the virus may still have an opportunity to prevent the infection.

The resurgence of the virus has jolted public health officials because it had been considered wiped out in the United States nearly two decades ago.

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

British Columbia is starting a two-month voluntary measles vaccine catch-up drive in an effort to vaccinate 95 per cent of youth before next fall's mandatory immunization registration of students across the province.

Dr. Alan Melnick, the public health director for Clark County, Washington said a contributing factor of the outbreak was people in the county who had not been vaccinated.

While Wakefield's research was proven to be falsified, the proportion of those vaccinated against the MMR vaccine in the United Kingdom during the late 1990's and early 2000's dropped to approximately 80%.

There are now 15 measles cases so far this year in Texas, and the total number nationwide already tops all of last year.

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Dr McGregor warned that "young adults who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine are particularly vulnerable".

The individual had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County at their mutual workplace in Dallas County in March.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, health officials added.

Measles symptoms typically develop 10-14 days after exposure to the virus but can develop as soon as seven days and as long as 21 days after exposure. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.

Symptoms include a high fever; runny nose; cough; a rash that's red, raised and blotchy; red, watery eyes; and white spots on gums, roof of the mouth and inner cheeks, according to the CDC. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air.

The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness.

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