Health officials in northern Virginia are warning the public about potential exposure to measles after a child in the region contracted the illness.
New Brunswick has received a new batch of 20,000 doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine amid increased demand during a measles outbreak in Saint John.
Washington Dulles International Airport in Terminal A and baggage claim level on Sunday, June 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Emergency Room, on Tuesday, June 4, from 3-5:30 p.m. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the second stage, a rash begins to appear on the face that spreads over the entire body, the statement says.
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Those possibly exposed might develop symptoms as late as June 25, said Lorrie Andrew-Spear, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) risk communications manager.
What should you do if you were at one of the above locations at the time specified? Those who have had two doses of the measles vaccine such as the MMR are fully protected. "I encourage all Americans to talk to your doctor about what vaccines are recommended to protect you, your family, and your community from measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases". However, to achieve complete immunity, contact your health care provider about getting a second vaccine dose.
"Before widespread use of the measles vaccine, an estimated 3 [million] to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States, along with an estimated 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations", the release said. If you notice the symptoms of measles, stay home and away from others and immediately call your primary health care provider or health department to discuss further care.
People who have had a documented case of measles are immune for life, Ansher said.
The extra doses will now be used for people in the Saint John area who've come into direct contact with a case of measles, as well as children between six and 12 months in age. NY has been the largest contributor to this year's unfortunate milestone with almost 700 cases of measles reported this year in the state. The cases in the USA have been imported from worldwide destinations and it is particularly important that travellers practise such hygiene measures to avoid catalysing the spread of the disease. Infants too young to be vaccinated should consider avoiding travel to areas with measles until they can be vaccinated.