Possible Measles Exposure in Delaware and Philadelphia Counties | Outbreak News Today

January 3, 2015 2:23 AM

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Although the vaccine for measles is highly effective, the following groups of individuals are at risk of becoming infected if they have had contact with an infected individual: Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine; Individuals who were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; Individuals born after 1957 who have only received one dose of MMR vaccine; Individuals who refused vaccination; and Individuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus. Symptoms will begin one to two weeks after exposure and include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever. After four days, a raised, red rash starts to spread on the face, down the body and out to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts four...

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