Measles Outbreak – What You Need to Know
DOUGLAS COUNTY – An early December outbreak of measles at Disney theme parks in California has so far left 70 people infected with the virus. The illness has since spread to Utah, Washington state, Oregon, Mexico and Colorado. So far there has only been one case in Colorado related to the California outbreak.
Measles is a serious respiratory disease that is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Measles is a very contagious virus that can spread even if the person with measles is no longer in the room. Measles can also be spread by an infected person even before a rash or any other symptoms appear.
Measles is spread from person to person through the air by infectious droplets. Severe cases of measles can cause pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, and death. One to three children out of 1,000 in the U.S. who get measles will die from the disease.
Symptoms of measles
- Fever – which can become very high
- Runny nose
- Feeling run down, achy (also known as malaise)
- Red, watery eyes (similar to pink eye)
- A rash that runs from the hairline to the face and neck
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
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