Measles has been reported in Northeast Indiana
What to Know about Measles:
Measles is spread by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person. Most common ways to put infectious particles in the air is by sneezing and coughing.
Those who have had measles or who have been vaccinated with MMR have immunity to the disease. Measles cases decreased to almost none due to vaccination, but now, rates are starting to rise again. The disease is likely showing up again because some parents haven’t immunized their children – there was concern of MMR causing autism. There has been no connection found.
Symptoms usually begin 8 – 12 days after exposure to the virus.
- Bloodshot eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle pain
- 3 – 5 days after the first signs of being sick
- Lasts up to 7 days
- Starts on the head and spreads moving downward
- Rash may appear flat, solid, red,areas that later join together
- Redness and irritation of the eyes
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Tiny white spots inside the mouth
There is no specific treatment for the measles, as the virus will run it’s course.
Those who do not have complications do very well.
Complications of measles infection may include:
- Ear infection
If you believe you, or one of your children, has measles, contact your physician.