More measles cases reported in NJ

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 3, 2018

"We continue to encourage everyone to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine to help protect them in case of any future exposure to measles in Rockland".

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is continuing its contact investigation into a report of measles in a Spartanburg County resident and is in the process of notifying people who may have been exposed in specific settings.

"In 2018, 124 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states and the District of Columbia". Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons.

DHEC has notified healthcare providers to be on alert for patients with signs or symptoms of measles. Two doses of the MMR vaccine can offer 97% protection from the measles.

A case of measle was also confirmed in Georgetown County earlier in the year, according to Lexington Medical Center.

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"Spartanburg residents can receive free MMR vaccines by appointment until November 7 at the Spartanburg County Health Department, located at 151 E. Wood St, Spartanburg, SC 29305". So far, there have been 40 confirmed cases, and most of those affected are children. This second MMR vaccine will count for school entry. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

DHEC says that measles are a serious disease than can lead to hospitalization and even death. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. The rash lasts for five to six days, and then fades.

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