Measles is on the rise and over 800 confirmed cases in the United States for 2019 thus far.
Measles is a viral disease (means antibiotics will not kill it) causing flu-like symptoms of:
- Runny nose
- Cough plus conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
Persons with measles are generally contagious 4 days prior to rash and 4 days after start of rash.
If you suspect being exposed to Measles, please get checked immediately if you have any of the symptoms above. If no known exposure but you have majority of those symptoms, please get checked as well. Measles virus can linger in the air up to 2 hours. Hence, even if you do not see a person who may have measles, you can still get the infection through breathing contaminated air even 2 hours after the person is gone from the area. One out of every 1000 cases will have encephalitis (brain inflammation) which often leads to permanent brain damage and disability. One to 2 out of every 1000 children affected will die from measles complications.
If you suspect Measles, please come in to the clinic with a mask on or covering your mouth and nose with a hand towel and inform our staff immediately.
For more information on measles and outbreak information, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html
*Special thank you to Dr. Christy Jun, who has been a physician with us since 2016 for doing this article.