Maryland reports first case of measles amid national outbreak

An archive image of a patient with a bad case of measles.				
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An archive image of a patient with a bad case of measles. Postmedia News

This is the first official case reported this year by the Maryland Department of Health, though there have been 387 cases confirmed in 15 other states through the end of March, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ottawa Public Health is urging people to take precautions following a confirmed case of measles in the city, and is working with area health-care providers and hospitals to contact individuals and families who may have been exposed to the infectious case.

And they warn the public, and in this case, officials say others in the Baltimore region may have been exposed.

Lastly, the health unit is warning people who were at the Queensway Carleton Hospital emergency room between 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on March 30 or the hospital's skin and tissue clinic between 9 a.m. and noon on April 2.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe.

A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years. Although most people will have been immunized against measles as a child, given the recent measles activity in several states and around the world, it's important for everyone to be fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles.

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Measles is a highly contagious illness that can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, health officials added.

The HPSC, Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, said they have recorded 10 cases since the start of February 2019.

Those who have not been vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.

High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).

The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the air where an infected person visited.

In a day to four days, a red rash normally appears on the face and spreads across the body.

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