Dallas County Confirms First Measles Case In Dallas Since 2017

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Upon further investigation, health officials have confirmed that the measles case was considered to be identified in Tehama County.

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.

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

The patient contracted the virus at work from a co-worker whose own case was confirmed in Tarrant County.

The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the air where an infected person visited. Most of these cases originate outside the country and occurred in people who were unvaccinated or who didn't know whether or not they had been vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected.

One case was confirmed previous year in Maryland, and it involved foreign travel, officials said. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.

The initial symptoms of measles can include: a runny or blocked nose; sneezing; sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light; a high temperature (fever); a cough. They are tied to a measles case in Indiana. According to health officials, one dose of the MMR vaccine will protect 95 percent of those who receive it and a second dose increases that number to virtually 100 percent.

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High fever (may spike to over 104˚F). Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.

Measles is highly contagious.

Please visit the ISDH website at www.in.gov/isdh/25456.htm or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html for more information about measles. According to the CDC, numerous recent USA cases of measles have been linked to visits to Israel, Ukraine, and other countries where large outbreaks have occurred.

You can not get measles from the vaccine.

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

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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