DHEC confirms 2 new cases of measles in SC

Leslie Hanson
Ноября 3, 2018

If you visited AFC Urgent Care at 1667 E. Main St. Duncan, SC on Sunday, Oct. 14 between 9 a.m. and noon or MEDcare Urgent Care at 301 E. Wood St. Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., please contact the Spartanburg County Health Department at 864-596-3337.

Three cases of measles were confirmed in Spartanburg by DHEC officials, according to a release by the state agency. Therefore, any child 6 months or older or any adult who has not received their first MMR vaccine yet should get their first MMR vaccine now.

But as for the additional 15 schools, the students will be allowed to return if they get their MMR shot.

To counter this, the city Health Department enlisted community figures to encourage vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), including Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and Rabbi Avi Greenstein, executive director of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.

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A case of measle was also confirmed in Georgetown County earlier in the year, according to Lexington Medical Center. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten.

As an airborne disease, measles spread through coughs or sneezes. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. The rash usually lasts five or six days.

Anyone who suspects they were exposed to the disease should call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department so special arrangements can be made for an evaluation. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

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