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Another Measles Case Exposes Ocean, Middlesex County Residents

Another Measles Case Exposes Ocean, Middlesex County Residents”

"This case is not linked to any ongoing measles outbreak in the US", officials said. It can be spread through "coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person", according to the release. The disease is more common outside the USA, and can be particularly fatal to kids under five.

Measles can take up to two weeks to incubate in a human host, during which time no symptoms are visible. Health officials have repeatedly recommended that people be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine to prevent measles.

Local health officials are advising residents to be safe, rather than sorry when it comes to preparing themselves against measles.

"We know before a person even knows they are sick, that person can expose wherever people gather", Lopez said.

Switzerland has registered two deaths from measles this year, health authorities said Thursday, stressing the importance of vaccinating against the highly contagious disease.

"By rights, measles should not be seen in the United States.it had been almost eliminated", said Dr. David Wolfson, a UPMC pediatrician.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. "Health agencies will conduct an immediate investigation including confirming a diagnosis, assess treatment options, determine the cause of illness and implement appropriate methods of disease control". "Vaccination is our most powerful tool to control the spread of imported measles".

Responding to an announcement this week from the Indiana Department of Health, which issued a standing order to help get Indiana adults vaccinated against the infectious disease, Kosciusko County Health Department Administrator Robert Weaver said there are plenty of options available, including the option for some to do nothing.

Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

"Most importantly, get your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine as soon as possible if you haven't already done so", she said.

"We're thinking we may not escape that bullet", said Allyn Nakashima, program manager at the state health department, because of outbreaks in "surrounding states". "Measles can be extremely serious, so make sure you and your friends are protected". The CDC recommends two doses of MMR vaccine for children, the first at age 12 to 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years.

Adults born before 1957 are likely to have acquired natural immunity, however adults of that age in a high-risk group - such as with compromised immune systems - should get a vaccine. "If you're planning an global trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling", Dr.



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