More measles cases confirmed in Finney County

Finney County Health Department has confirmed two additional cases of measles, bringing the total confirmed to six.  All those at risk for the disease are being contacted and the investigation is ongoing.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.  It causes fever, runny nose, tiredness, cough and a blotchy rash all over the body.  With the creation of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, measles cases are rare in the United States; however, it still sickens more than 10 million and kills almost 200,000 people worldwide each year.

Symptoms of measles include: fever, runny nose, red, itchy, watery eyes, tiredness, cough and a rash starting at the head and moving down the body.  You are contagious one to two days before you experience a fever.  It is extremely important if you are ill that you stay home.  If you are experiencing a fever, please stay home until your fever has been gone for 24 hours.  This will help prevent the spread of the disease. 

Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.  It is so contagious that any person who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease.  Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.

The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated.  Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten. 

If you are experiencing a fever accompanied with a rash or have questions please contact the Health Department.