Maryland reports first case of measles amid national outbreak

Grant Boone
April 6, 2019

ISDH officials say that anyone who visited Cameron Memorial Hospital Urgent Care in Angola, or Holy Angels Catholic Church, San Miguel Grocery, or Walmart Supercenter in Sturgis, Michigan on March 31st should monitor themselves for symptoms until April 21st.

ISDH is also consulting with public health officials in MI and Texas because the investigation has found risk of exposure in those states as well.

Born in or after 1970 and never received a measles-containing vaccine.

Anyone who may have been exposed at those locations should watch for symptoms until April 21.

The state says this is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991, when 65 cases were report. In Rockland County, New York, officials announced a temporary ban on unvaccinated people gathering in enclosed public spaces, reporting that more than 80 percent of the individuals with measles had not been vaccinated.

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Upon further investigation, health officials have confirmed that the measles case was considered to be identified in Tehama County.

In an in interview with CP24 on Thursday afternoon, CTV's infectious disease expert Dr. Neil Rau said that while it is "not ideal" for such a large percentage of seven year olds to be in need of the MNR vaccine, it shouldn't be "a cause for a big alarm" given that vaccination rates are higher among eight and nine year olds.

Adults who didn't receive two vaccine doses in childhood should also get at least one dose, she said. Symptoms usually begin a couple of weeks after exposure, ranging from 10 to 18 days afterward, and they tend to be non-specific at first, including a fever, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

WBUR: What You Should Know About Measles, After A Case Confirmed In Mass. The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness. It spreads down the back and trunk and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet.

The second stage begins on the third to seventh day and consists of a red blotchy rash lasting five to six days. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. If you believe that you have measles, you should isolate yourself by staying home and avoid all contact with unimmunized persons.

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