Measles case confirmed in LaGrange County

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Maryland's Department of Health is issuing a warning after confirming a case of measles.

Oakland County residents seeking measles immunization should contact the Oakland County Health Division at 800-848-5533.

Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63.

Those who were at the locations during those specified times and are not immunized or incompletely immunized are asked to call Saanich Health Unit at 250-519-5100 or the Victoria Health Unit at 250-388-2200.

Please visit the ISDH website at www.in.gov/isdh/25456.htm or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html for more information about measles.

More than 93 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to the disease, and more the 97 percent is protected after a second dose.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.

For global travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

The illness causes a rash and high fever.

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"The MMR vaccine is a requirement for joining the service", Ryan said.

Measles is highly contagious and the incubation period for the illness is between seven and 21 days.

The state says this is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991, when 65 cases were report.

The CDC recommends children get two doses of the measles - or MMR vaccine - starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at four to six years of age.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. You should call before visiting a health care provider.

The individual had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County at their mutual workplace in Dallas County in March.

The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the air where an infected person visited. After a few days, a rash begins, typically starting on the face and spreading across the body.

While it's not good to see measles make its way into Ottawa, the city's Associate Medical Officer of Health does remain hopeful that it will not spread. Additionally, tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth can occur two to three days after initial symptoms begin.

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