Fourth Measles Case Confirmed in Maryland

Randy Kelley
April 24, 2019

Public health officials in York Region are alerting the public after they confirmed a case of the measles in someone who visited health centres in the area.

With the upcoming Passover holiday, which begins the evening of April 19, 2019, and ends the evening of April 27th, there may be many opportunities for the measles virus to spread, said a Virginia Department of Health website.

"The unvamished truth is that these diagnoses represent the most significant spike in incidences of measles in the United States in many years and that the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is at its epicenter", he wrote. The early symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose and redness of the eyes.

Health officials are urging residents and tourists in Florida to get vaccinated against the measles virus. For several years, however, global coverage with the first dose of measles vaccine has stalled at 85%.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease.

"The key thing is if you are not sure whether you have had the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine vaccine there is no harm in getting vaccinated again, Professor MacIntre said". "It's private, so if they say 'Unless you're vaccinated, you're not welcome, ' there's nothing wrong with that". Only written, dated records of vaccination are considered valid. Though it may be easy to believe vaccines are no longer necessary in the late stages of herd immunity, we must remain vigilant and aware that without vaccines, any number of diseases could once again invade the population.

If such symptoms are present, the county recommends you call your healthcare provider and give them a heads-up before going in.

Often the disease was spread in the hospital environment when people who had been overseas came back home, became sick and sought help in an emergency department, she said. In India, measles is still one of the leading causes of death in young children. If that's the case, an adult can have a simple blood test that detects measles antibodies or ask for a booster shot. The first dose which gives 93% protection should be given at 12 to 15 months and the second dose which gives 97 % protection should be administered around the age of 4 to 6 years.

New Yorkers who believe they were exposed to measles or who have symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider before seeking care to prevent exposure to other patients.

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