Maryland reports first case of measles amid national outbreak

Maryland reports first case of measles amid national outbreak

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated.

The newly confirmed cases were all in Oakland County, bringing the case count to 38 in Oakland County and one in Wayne County.

The other case was in Wayne County.

Tehama Health officials said that if the county does not receive any additional cases between now and April 11, the county will consider itself cleared of the threat of additional measles cases. Under the emergency, anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated is prohibited from visiting public spaces, including schools and shopping areas.

Their statement reads; "Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious". Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Dr. Taylor said someone who did get two shots can still contract the disease, but it is extremely rare.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe.

Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection which is spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years - to be fully protected against measles.

Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes usually about 7 to 10 days after exposure but can occur up to 21 days after exposure. Within three to seven days a red blotchy rash will appear first on the face before spreading.

Please visit the ISDH website at or the CDC website at for more information about measles.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office.

Oakland County residents seeking measles immunization should contact the Oakland County Health Division at 800-848-5533.

People who should not get the vaccine include those who are pregnant, immune-compromised, or allergic to a component of the MMR vaccine, Ryan said.

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