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Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

Connecticut health officials report third measles case in New Haven County

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging the public to get their vaccinations up to date after reporting the third confirmed case of 2014. Health authorities say the case was confirmed in a New Haven County adult.

 

Measles rash Image/CDC

Measles rash
Image/CDC

“The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “While most residents have been vaccinated for measles, it’s important to know your vaccination status and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles so you can get medical attention.”

In February two confirmed measles cases involving an adult and an infant occurred in Fairfield County. All three cases this year have recovered and none appear to be linked. From 2006-2013, Connecticut had three reported cases of measles.  For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-21 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye and a rash. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.

 

 

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