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CDC confirms measles case in Maine

posted May 22, 2019, 6:49 AM by Krista Murray
ALERT: Confirmed Measles Case in Maine

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the first case of measles in Maine this year. Maine CDC confirmed the case on May 20th, 2019. The case involves a school aged child from Somerset County. The child was vaccinated, did not have any serious complications, and is fully recovered from the disease. Maine CDC is working with the family and clinicians to identify exposed contacts and assess contacts for evidence of immunity. 

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Maine clinicians are asked to encourage vaccination and increase surveillance for rash illness suggestive of measles to identify early potential cases and prevent the spread of disease in Maine. Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis followed several days later by a maculopapular rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed. The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. Measles can cause severe health complications including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. Measles is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air. Vaccination is the best method of protection against measles. The incubation period after exposure to onset of symptoms is typically 10-14 days, but can be as long as 21 days. 

For More Information: • Maine CDC’s measles webpage: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectiousdisease/epi/vaccine/measles.shtml
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