As many people know, there is currently a multi-state measles outbreak. Please know that Meridian Health is taking the necessary steps to ensure that it is well prepared to respond to this threat with the safety of patients, guests, team members and physicians our priority.
Measles, also known as rubeola, is a respiratory disease caused by the measles virus. Measles causes fever, runny nose, and cough, followed by a whole body rash. A sign of early measles is the eruption of "Koplik spots" which are tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth, followed by a rash on the head, neck and full body.
Complications of measles include ear infections, pneumonia, and rarely encephalitis. Measles spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. Persons infected with measles are infectious four days before rash onset through four days after rash onset. It is highly contagious to anyone who is not immune to the virus.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have measles, you should first call your physician or pediatrician.
Measles is highly contagious to anyone who is not immune to the virus (such as babies or individuals whose immunity is already compromised by medical conditions), so showing up at a doctor’s office or hospital without proper precautions could put others at risk. Contact your medical professional for advice, and then follow their instructions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information about measles on their Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/measles/. The site provides robust resources for community members and health care providers, breaking news, and printable materials. It is a trusted source on this important health topic.
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