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Second measles case confirmed in Maryland

Second measles case confirmed in Maryland

Today officials announced that the Maryland Department of Health has confirmed the second case of measles case in the state.

According to officials, the second case “is a household of the first confirmed case”. Both Maryland residents acquired the measles outside of the state in an area that already has an ongoing outbreak.

There has been no evidence of the spread of measles nor potential measles exposure locations in the state, said health officials.

Health officials have released the following information on the measles outbreak:

Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing, and secretions from the mouth. Early measles symptoms of high fever, runny nose, cough ad red, watery eyes typically develop 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Usually, one to four days after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. A person with measles is contagious beginning four days before the rash appears until four days after the rash begins. Those who are most at risk of complications from measles infection are: pregnant women, infants less than one-year-old and those who are immune comprised.”

For more information about measles please visit the Maryland Department of Health’s website.

Source: Fox5 DC

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