Measles

The measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucous of an infected person. It’s spread to others by coughing and sneezing. Did you know that measles can live in the air for up to two hours?! It’s so easily spread that 90% of people (who are not immune) that are in contact with the infected person (person with the measles) will also become infected (or come down with the measles).

Infographic. Measles: it isn’t just a little rash. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Measles symptoms typically include high fever (may spike to more than 104 degrees F), cough, runny nose, red watery eyes; rash breaks out 3-6 days after symptoms begin. Measles can be serious. About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage. 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. You have the power to protect your child. Provide your children with safe and long-lasting protection agains measles by making sure they get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule.

There have been 228 cases of the measles from January to March 2019! There are 6 current outbreaks of the measles in the US including Rockland County (New York), New York City, Washington, Texas, Illinois, and California.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with the measles? You should call your doctor to determine if you are immune to the measles. If not, they may be able to give you immune globulin which can decreased the risk of you developing the measles. If you do not, you should remain at home and away from others until cleared by your doctor.

Looking for more information? All this fun information was found at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html