Measles outbreak: Health officials confirm 5th Butte Co. case in young child

Measles outbreak: Health officials confirm 5th Butte Co. case in young child

This is the first official case reported this year by the Maryland Department of Health, though there have been 387 cases confirmed in 15 other states through the end of March, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in northern in, and they've released a list of Michiana locations where others may have been exposed. Anyone who was there between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. might have been exposed, the public health agency said.

Officials advise any individuals who were present at these locations at the times listed above to check their immunization records or contact their health care provider if they are unsure about their immunization status.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Although most people will have been immunized against measles as a child, given the recent measles activity in several states and around the world, it's important for everyone to be fully vaccinated. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles.

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Their statement reads; "Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious".

Under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centres, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship. They are tied to a measles case in Indiana.

Dr. Taylor said someone who did get two shots can still contract the disease, but it is extremely rare. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office.

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