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Second measles case confirmed in Ottawa

Second measles case confirmed in Ottawa”

Those susceptible to measles include children under one year of age, the unvaccinated, those with weakened immune systems and people born in or after 1970 who never received a measles-containing vaccine.

People in Bay of Plenty are being urged to make sure they are vaccinated against measles after one case was confirmed Mount Maunganui.

New details on the measles outbreak in MI as a Detroit school district is working to contain one of its own.

School officials reminded parents that, by MI law, all students are required to be immunized with two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine or have history of measles disease, and asked for parents to provide proof of vaccine or measles history to the school for their child's health record if they haven't already done so.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed two additional measles cases, bringing the state total to 41 for this year.

State health officials are stressing that people can not contract measles from the vaccine. The outbreaks in New York State and New Jersey account for most of the identified cases, and have been traced to unvaccinated members of Orthodox Jewish communities, the CDC said.

The vaccine that protects against measles is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, a statement said. By 1990s, doctors determined that a second dose of the vaccine is needed to ensure maximum protection, which nearly made measles a thing of the past. "The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age".

Measles, a disease caused by highly contagious virus, is characterized by such symptoms as fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes and, of course, the trademark rash that spreads all across the body.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present.

"If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals", state health officials said.

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