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Abe

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Measles outbreaks
« on: January 27, 2019, 08:49:47 PM »
Hi everyone, wanted to post here about the measles outbreaks just in case you hadn't heard yet:

Washington State (Clark County) and Oregon
New York State (Rockland County and Brooklyn)

The outbreaks in California (Disneyland) and New Jersey (Ocean County) have resolved.

Please be aware that while the majority of people (mostly children) affected by the outbreaks were not vaccinated at all, about 15-20% had received one MMR dose yet still developed measles. It is extremely contagious with just skin contact, or contacting a surface an infected person touched. The virus takes 2-3 weeks to cause symptoms after exposure. If your child hasn't received two doses of the MMR vaccine, avoid contact with children who have measles or signs of it:

High fever (Usually >102 F)
Cough, runny nose
Red watery eyes (both eyes)
Rash: Spots and bumps in tight clusters giving the skin a splotchy red appearance, appearing 2-4 days after the fever starts. These start on the upper face and progress downwards to torso, then the limbs.
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Sibley

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Re: Measles outbreaks
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 06:41:47 PM »
And hopefully the parents who are choosing NOT to get their children vaccinated will be hit with a realization that they're putting everyone at risk, including their own children, and get everyone caught up.