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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Information about Measles

Measles: it isn't just a little rash. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young c

A number of measles cases have been identified in Maryland. Here is some information to keep you informed. 

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection. Early symptoms of measles are:

  • high fever
  • runny nose 
  • cough
  • red, watery eyes
  • a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body one to four days after the early symptoms

If you think you or your family member have symptoms of measles, call your doctor before going to the office so staff can take measures to prevent possible spread to other patients.  Do not go to child care, school, work, or out in public if you have symptoms of measles. If you don't have a doctor, call the emergency room or urgent care center before you go so they can prepare.

You can find more information about measles in the following websites:

Health professionals, please review this page

Alt text for image available in document linked at the bottom of the post

Infographic available at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/downloads/measles-infographic.pdf

Infographic text equivalent available at: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/parent-infographic.html#text 

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