The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated.
A team of professionals from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Oakland County Health Division is tracking the measles outbreak, case by case.
Maryland health officials said Friday that the state has confirmed a case of measles, a highly contagious viral infection that has been spreading in several other states in numbers not seen in decades.
The patient contracted the virus at work from a co-worker whose own case was confirmed in Tarrant County.
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. Those who have not been vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.
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The measles virus is highly contagious and can be passed by person-to-person contact or through the air. Measles can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization. Of those infected, the ages range from 8 months to 63 years.
A new social media video launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA) highlights the importance of getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, particularly given recent measles outbreaks in continental Europe. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the inside of the mouth. People are considered infectious four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office.
A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin. You should call before visiting a health care provider. If your child received an immunization consent package but has documented measles vaccine elsewhere, please include this information on the immunization consent form in the space provided.