Steubenville-area health officials urge measles protection

A 5-month-old girl in Alabama is the state's first confirmed case of the measles

A 5-month-old girl in Alabama is the state's first confirmed case of the measles. More

The number of cases of measles among Los Angeles County residents this year has risen to seven.

"Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known", said Dr. Julia S. Sammons, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and medical director of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Only 78.51 to 82.8 percent of 19 to 35-month-old children received the standard or two-visit MMR vaccine in our county", said Carlstrom.

"All of us must choose to immunize", he added, "Not only to protect our own children but also, even more importantly, to immunize to protect infants and children of others, our friends and neighbors who are too young to be immunized or have lost their immunity due to other diseases".

Broadcast live on Monday, May 6, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. She explained that a person can pick up the virus from touching the exposed germ that has been on counter tops and surfaces for up to two hours, as well as through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes as far as six feet away.

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Yes. Adults who haven't been vaccinated should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine, the CDC recommends.

Two colleges, University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles, have been affected by the measles and have had to quarantine students and faculty that had been at the school during the time the infected students were there. Karnataka Associated Management of English Medium Schools (KAMS) general secretary D Shashi Kumar said: "While we have stood with the Health Department and Education Department for promoting the drive there are a few schools that are reluctant; some parents are not interested in government drives as they consult their personal doctors". "Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red, watery eyes and sore throat".

A program called Vaccines for Children (VFC) provides free vaccines for eligible children.

Audrey Peine, the mother of the child who contracted measles, took to Facebook Thursday to warn those who don't get their children vaccinated. Patients may also have small white spots on the inside of the mouth.

Giving a vaccine while the antibodies are still circulating will decrease the effectiveness of the shot, which is why immunization isn't recommended until later.

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People are contagious from four days before the rash develops until four days after.

"Even if we only get one more family to vaccinate their children, we'll be making a difference", Peine wrote.

Health officials say they have not identified any public exposure locations associated with the new case.

Currently, an outbreak of mumps is underway in central Utah with 13 cases reported since the beginning of the year.

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