Officials confirm measles case in Monroe Co.

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(Aug. 29, 2013) — Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in Monroe County.

The unvaccinated patient became infected with the illness while overseas. The Department of Health is now working to prevent further transmissions.

Anyone who visited Indianapolis International Airport on Aug. 22 could be at risk of infection. Anyone who has visited Texas recently is also at risk. Texas is currently experiencing an outbreak.

About 7-10 days after exposure, patients will experience a fever, cough and runny nose. The fever can get as high as 105 degrees.

Two to four days after that, a rash will appear on the face and upper neck. The rash will spread down the back and torso before extending to the arms and legs. The measles rash will fade in the same order in which it appeared about five days later.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads mainly through droplets sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

The best defense against measles is vaccination. More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.

For more information about measles, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.

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