Two new cases of measles on South Island, prompting alert

Two new cases of measles on South Island, prompting alert

Two new cases of measles on South Island, prompting alert

Tehama County Health Services Agency Public Health has been looking into a case that was first confirmed in Shasta County, but had ties to Tehama County as well. WWMT reports that each of the newly reported cases was in Oakland County which now has 38 confirmed with the other case in Wayne County.

Individuals who may have been exposed at additional locations are being notified directly. Public health is advising anyone who was at any of these locations to check their immunization record. Children 12 months of age and older and adults are recommended to receive two doses of MMR vaccine, given at least 28 days apart, to be optimally protected.

Those with symptoms should not go to school or work and they should call their doctor before going to avoid potentially infecting others. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.

For global travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

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%.

Those who never had the measles infection - or who did not have two doses of vaccine - are at highest risk of measles, and Island Health encourages them to get fully immunized.

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"There is a risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after contact with a case of measles".

While no measles cases have been reported in Ottawa County since 1991, West Michigan residents are advised to take precautions.

So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. White spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and mouth form two to three days after symptoms begin and a rash that is blotchy and bumpy begins on the face and spreads to the arms and legs three to five days after noticeable symptoms.

Measles, according to the letter, is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact and through the air.

"These kinds of symptoms are less common after the second dose", she said, "and if they occur, they usually resolve over a few days".

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