Here's How Many Measles Cases Have Now Been Confirmed In Orange County

A woman receives a measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona N.Y. Wednesday

Island Health is warning the public after two new cases of measles were confirmed in Greater Victoria on Saturday.

The patient contracted the virus at work from a co-worker whose own case was confirmed in Tarrant County.

People who may have been exposed elsewhere were being notified directly, the Health Department said.

"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".

For more information about measles, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170/ and http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html . Two doses of either measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) or measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccine (MMRV) is 99 percent effective at preventing measles.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection which is spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth.

Dr. Alan Melnick, the public health director for Clark County, Washington said a contributing factor of the outbreak was people in the county who had not been vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious. The vaccine is free and available from general practitioners.

As of March 28, there have been 387 confirmed cases of the potentially serious illness this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One case was confirmed past year in Maryland, and it involved foreign travel, officials said.

The individual reported to have measles visited the area on March 29. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed. According to the World Health Organization, while deaths from measles have decreased significantly in recent years, the illness remains common, particularly in developing countries.

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