Measles Case Confirmed, Possible Exposures In Baltimore Area

Kenny Tucker
April 7, 2019

Measles is one of the most infectious viral diseases known.

Tehama County Health Services Agency Public Health has been looking into a case that was first confirmed in Shasta County, but had ties to Tehama County as well.

According to Public Health England (PHE), there have been 51 confirmed and 241 further suspected cases across the two Nottingham universities.

In 2017, there were no confirmed measles cases in the Military Health System, compared with 120 in the civilian population.

In the midst of a measles outbreak in the United States, public health officials are urging parents to get their children vaccinated, and for parents to make sure they're up to date on their own vaccinations. The virus can live up to two hours in the airspace that an infected person sneezed or coughed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to lower levels of MMR vaccine uptake in children and young people in some countries, measles continues to circulate.

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

Professor Jonathan Ball, a professor at the University of Nottingham, said that of the three diseases vaccinated against in the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination, mumps is the least effective. The measles can spread easily in unvaccinated people through coughing and sneezing and secretions from the mouth.

People who are sick should not attend settings such as crèche, school, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered from illness, they added.

The letter shared by the School District says most people in Canada are protected against measles infection through immunizations.

A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

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. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.

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