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Measles Symptoms and Suggestions

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CENTRAL VALLEY – From Jan. 1-30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the cases are believed to be linked to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

In the Central San Joaquin Valley, only one measles case has been confirmed in a visitor to Fresno County.

Adventist Health / Central Valley Network locations are on high alert for measles cases and are following federal, state and county standards to protect their patients. Adventist Health staff members are evaluated for immunity when they’re hired and receive boosters when needed.

About Measles:

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. People in the United States still get measles, but it is not very common because most people are protected against it at an early age through vaccination.

Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat

About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Measles can be serious, especially for children younger than 5 years old.

Suggestions:

· Protect yourself and your children with a combination vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The CDC recommends that all U.S. residents 6 months of age and older receive the vaccine, if traveling. Ask your health care provider if you have questions.

· If you suspect you or your child has measles, call your doctor before visiting their office to prevent contaminating others.

To learn more about measles, immunizations and to see frequently asked questions, visit www.cdc.gov/measles/