Health Officials Issue Warning After 2 Children Contracted Measles While Traveling

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The state Department of Public Health has issued a warning after 2 children in New Haven County contracted the measles while travelling outside of the United States.

State officials said that the two children are under a year old and live in the same house.

The Department of Public Health said that any exposures happened within New Haven County between April 11 and 17.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can spread quickly among unvaccinated people, but most people have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine, according to health officials.

The single best way to protect yourself and your children from measles is to be vaccinated,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said in a statement. “While most people have had the measles vaccination, it’s important to know your vaccination status and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles so you can get medical attention.” 

Anyone who is unsure of their vaccination status should check with his or her physician.

Health officials said that people who have had measles in the past or who have been vaccinated against measles are considered immune according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some important information about Measles

How is it spread?

Measles is spread through direct contact and through the air, via sneezes and coughs. The virus remains active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours.

An infected person may pass on the virus to others from 4 days prior to developing the skin rash to 4 days after the rash erupts.

Who is at risk?

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications which could lead to death.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The first signs of infection are usually a high fever and cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose. Small white spots on the inside of the cheeks may also be visible.

After several days, a rash develops which is usually on the face and neck first and then spreading to the body and limbs.

What is the treatment?

There is no treatment, however, two doses of a vaccine can prevent infection in the first place.

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