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Tehama County Health Services Agency Public Health has been looking into a case that was first confirmed in Shasta County, but had ties to Tehama County as well. In all of 2018, there were 372 confirmed measles cases in the USA, according to the CDC. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years.

And they warn the public, and in this case, officials say others in the Baltimore region may have been exposed.

"If you were at either of those locations during the specified times and you are unimmunized or incompletely immunized and it has been less than six days since this exposure, you can call the Saanich Health Unit at 250-519-5100 to find out where to get vaccinated this week". Additional sites of potential exposures will be identified and listed as more information is learned.

According to the CDC, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective.

People who develop symptoms of measles should contact their health care provider, but should not go to child care, school, work or out in public, as they might have early symptoms of measles and might be contagious. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5.

For worldwide travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

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Measles can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization.

"The MMR vaccine is available free of charge as part of the routine immunisation schedule". MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or global travel planned.

The individual reported to have measles visited the area on March 29. The rash often starts on the face and neck, then spreads over the body.

Currently, Rockland County is under a state of emergency with 161 confirmed cases of measles.

The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness.

The measles virus spreads readily to unvaccinated people through coughing, sneezing and mouth secretions, officials said.


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