HARTFORD, CT – Two cases of measles were reported in New Haven County, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, on Tuesday. Officials say the two infected persons are children under the age of 12 who live in the same household, travel internationally and have acquired their infection outside the country. DPH works with local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures. Officials have confirmed that all exposures took place between April 11 and April 17 in New Haven County, according to a press release
Measles are a highly contagious disease that can spread rapidly among unvaccinated people. However, the majority of people who are exposed to measles have no risk of contracting the disease, as most people either have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past before the vaccination became routine, according to the officials.
"The best way Protect yourself and your children from measles to be vaccinated," said DPH Commissioner. Raul Pino in a statement. "While most people have received the measles vaccine, it is important to know your vaccination status and be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles so you can get medical help."
Symptoms of measles generally begin 7-1
The rash usually lasts at least a few days and then disappears in the same order. People with measles can be contagious for up to four days before the rash and four days after the day the rash appears. Read more from the Department of Public Health below:
Most residents of Connecticut have been vaccinated. People who are unsure about their vaccination status should contact their doctor. People who have had measles or been vaccinated against measles in the past are considered immune according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC recommends that all children receive two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at the age of 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at the age of 4 to 6 years.
Adults should receive at least one MMR vaccine dose. Certain groups require two MMR doses, including: students, healthcare workers, international travelers, and those at high risk for measles complications. Adults born before 1957 in the US are considered immune to measles from previous exposures, but in situations where measles exposure is likely, these adults may benefit from a dose of MMR vaccine to be safer.
International travelers should be up to date on their vaccinations. Most cases of measles are acquired or associated with international travel. Most people who are diagnosed with measles are not vaccinated or do not know their vaccination status.
Measles are very easily transmitted from person to person. If you have a fever and rash and you think you have measles, you should avoid public attitudes and notify your doctor BEFORE going directly to a healthcare facility so that you can take steps to avoid harassing others.
For more information on measles, visit www.cdc.gov/measles.