The first case of measles in Lancaster County since 2001 was confirmed this week, health officials said. Thus, the country's largest outbreak of the virus since 1992 was attributed to nine nationwide.
"This case is related to travel to another state and was not acquired in Pennsylvania," said Health Ministry spokesman Nate Wardle. "In addition, there were no public exposures in Pennsylvania."
Officials are always calling for people to protect themselves and others through vaccinations, but they also advise against taking special precautions at this time.
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According to Wardle, officials conducted several interviews with the patient on June 26 to confirm that there were no public exposures.
When asked where in the county the case is, he said, "We only pass information about the county about cases, unless there are public exposures. We need to alert the public to what is in it Case does not arrive.
Wardle noted that "it is essential that people be vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and the population from serious, life-threatening illnesses such as measles, polio, whooping cough and others."
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The Lancaster County case and seven others in Pennsylvania, according to Wardle, were in people who were not vaccinated, and the vaccination history of the ninth is unknown.
Most Affected in the US According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent outbreaks – especially of children – have not been vaccinated. Worth knowing
Dr. Joseph Kontra, chief physician of the Lancaster General Infectious Diseases Hospital, said people should be aware of measles, get vaccinated and keep an eye on public health announcements.
"But there's no reason to panic at this point," he said. "There was no local transmission in Lancaster County. This was an imported case. "
The measles vaccine usually starts after 12 months," he said, "but if we had an outbreak in Lancaster County that we do not know about, six months could be vaccinated.  He recommended that people who are unsure about their vaccination status should talk to their doctors.
Kontra said that Lancaster General Health is doing nothing at this time other than the general preparations that have been made in recent months. These preparations include asking questions when setting up a doctor's visit so that anyone who may have been exposed to measles is kept away from other patients.
And, as he said, primary care offices have experienced a sharp increase in measles vaccines over the past few years.
Dr. John Goldman, UPMC Pinnacle's infectious disease specialist, described similar precautionary measures: "We recommend anyone who suspects that he or his child has measles to consult their doctor before visiting the doctor's office."
Loud CDC symptoms of measles appear seven to 14 days after contact with the virus "and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes," with the measles rash occurring three to five days after the first symptoms.
In the CDC, measles patients can infect others before they find themselves suffering from the disease.
Measles can be severe, with children less than 5 years old and adults over 20 years more likely to experience complications described by the CDC as follows:
– About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people in the US who get measles , are hospitalized.
– One in two children with measles suffer from pneumonia, the leading cause of measles death in infants.
– About 1 in 1,000 children with measles disease Measles develop encephalitis (brain swelling) that can lead to seizures and make the child deaf or mentally handicapped.
– Nearly 1 to 3 out of 1,000 children who contract measles die from respiratory and neurological complications.
– Measles may lead to premature birth or delivery of a low birthweight baby to pregnant women who have not received an MMR vaccine.