DHEC confirms 2 new cases of measles in SC

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Why has there been a measles outbreak in Europe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Why has there been a measles outbreak in Europe

This brings the current number of cases to three.

The new cases come after exposure to a man who had traveled to Israel and was confirmed to have the measles late last week.

The individuals were seen at two urgent care facilities.

"There has also been transmission in schools with children who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated", the NY department said in a release. Healthcare professionals should immediately report clinically suspected measles cases to their regional public health office.

DHEC has notified healthcare providers to be on alert for patients with signs or symptoms of measles.

DHEC says that measles are a serious disease than can lead to hospitalization and even death. The disease begins as a fever, cough and runny nose followed by the development of a rash, which lasts five or six days. "It is abundantly clear on the necessity for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated, especially from Measles". People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

"We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations".

"If you're planning an worldwide trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling", Dr.

According to the state, students in kindergarten through 12th grade must have at least two doses of the measles vaccine, but there are some exceptions.

"The measles virus is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes", said Dr. Linda Bell, DHEC's state epidemiologist.

During these clinics, the Health Department and Refuah Health Center will be offering non-immune residents who are 6 months of age and older one dose of MMR vaccine at no cost. For all ages, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are going to be traveling to another country.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.