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

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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 individual had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County at their mutual workplace in Dallas County in March. The individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years.

In a little over three months, from January 1 to March 28, 387 cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It spreads either through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the patient coughs or sneezes.

People who are sick should not attend settings such as crèche, school, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered from illness, they added.

A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years.

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

People who should not get the vaccine include those who are pregnant, immune-compromised, or allergic to a component of the MMR vaccine, Ryan said.

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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.

"These kinds of symptoms are less common after the second dose", she said, "and if they occur, they usually resolve over a few days". IN had one confirmed measles case in 2018. Two to four days later, a rash starts on the face and upper neck.

Other symptoms include a fever higher than 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

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The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe.

According to the CDC, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.