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Maine CDC confirms Maine's first measles fall this year in Somerset County

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a case of measles in Maine on May 20, the first since 2017.

The CDC dispatched the message on Tuesday, May 21st. It is a Somerset County school-aged child who has been vaccinated, had no serious complications, and has fully recovered from the disease at this time.

The CDC has since notified all facilities in which there has been a potential exposure to the contagious disease. They work with these organizations to ensure that people who may be exposed to the disease are aware of the risk.

Persons in these places on these dates and at these times could have been exposed to measles:

  • Madison Junior High School 7 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1
    ; Thursday, May 2; Friday, May 3
  • Madison Junior High School Baseball Field from 14:30 to 19:00 on Thursday, May 2
  • Madison Junior High School Baseball Field from 7:00 to 12:00 am Saturday, May 4
  • Madison Area Memorial High School 9 to 12 pm on Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1; Friday, May 3
  • Waterville Pediatrics 7:50 to 10:15 pm on Thursday, May 2
  • Redington Fairview Emergency Department from 9:30 pm to 12:00 pm on Saturday May 4 [19659006] Emergency Department of Redington Fairview from 00:01 to 02:15 on Sunday, May 5
  • Redington Fairview Emergency Department of 14: 25-17: 25 on Monday May 6

Anyone who has been exposed to measles should review their vaccination history and monitor for symptoms, such as head to trunk, upper limb

Measles can cause serious health complications, including pneumonia, brain swelling, and death. The disease is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Infected individuals are contagious from four days before rash until four days after.

The virus can survive up to two hours on surfaces and in the air. The incubation period is usually 10 to 14 days, but can be up to 21 days.

According to the CDC, anyone not immunized or unaware of their measles immunization status should be vaccinated with "at least one dose of" measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to protect against subsequent exposures.

To date, 880 measles cases have been confirmed in 24 states.

The last reported case of measles in Maine was in 2017, when one person had the disease after traveling overseas.

The Maine CDC was informed on April 1 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health about a confirmed case of measles in a Massachusetts resident who had visited two companies in Maine.

RELATED: Person with measles visited these 2 stores in Maine on May 27 March: CDC

More information on Maine CDC measles can be found here.

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