Measles is considered a Public Health Emergency!
Measles is a highly contagious disease with a high susceptibility rate; individuals not protected from measles have a 90% chance of coming down with the disease if they are around someone with measles and/or enter a room up to 2 hours after someone with measles has left the room. Individuals with measles are contagious even before the rash appears with the onset of the first symptoms including a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. Anyone who is not protected (see proof of immunity) that comes in contact with measles can become sick if exposed. If you or someone you know has the first symptoms of measles, or has these symptoms then 3 – 5 days later comes down with a rash that begins on the face at the hairline and spreads to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet, medical attention should be sought to be diagnosed. Do NOT enter any medical facility without calling ahead with your symptoms to allow adequate preparations can be made to avoid further exposure to others.
Here are answers to the most frequently asked measles questions. We ask you pay close attention to the information regarding vaccinations and proof of immunity. If you were born between 1957 and 1972 you may need additional protection! It might just save your life or the life of someone close to you. Together we can help stop the spread of measles during this national outbreak and keep measles out of Buchanan County.