Measles case confirmed in Fairfax County, VA
Per Fairfax County Health Department, a single case of Measles has been confirmed in our area. (Partially Immunized). Please visit your doctor or closest Urgent Care or ER if you suspect Measles.
What is Measles?
Measles, also known as morbilli, rubeola, or red measles, is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus.Initial signs and symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 104.0 °F, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Two or three days after the start of symptoms, small white spots may form inside the mouth. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Complications occur in about 30% and may include diarrhea, blindness, inflammation of the brain, and pneumonia among others.Rubella (German measles) and roseola are different diseases.
What should you do if you feel you may have measles?
Contact your physician, and get your self checked out. You may also contact Walk in Medical Care and our qualified medical staff will assist you.
The measles vaccine is effective at preventing the disease. Vaccination has resulted in a 75% decrease in deaths from measles between 2000 and 2014 with about 85% of children globally being currently vaccinated. No specific treatment is available. Supportive care may improve outcomes. This may include giving oral re hydration solution (slightly sweet and salty fluids), healthy food, and medications to control the fever.Antibiotics may be used if a secondary bacterial infection such as pneumonia occurs.