Measles Outbreak in Europe

POSTED BY: Brittany Harris
Friday, May 6, 2011 - 06:17 PM
Measles Outbreak in Europe

An outbreak of Measles in Europe in leaving local health officials on high alert.

Reports show that nearly 6,500 have been detected in 33 countries. With so many Americans traveling internationally everyday, it could be brought back to the U.S. The disease is preventable. Those who are not vaccinated are at a greater risk for exposure.

"People forget how critical it is to get those vaccinations, they don't have that memory pushed of how bad it can be or a family member or a grandparent or somebody that has repercussions from having those diseases," said Director of Nursing Carol Howdyshell from the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Some of the symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and a rash all over the body. It's important to be up-to-date on routine vaccines.

"If you haven't been vaccinated, check your immunization records and get it now, why tempt fate that way," said Howdyshell.

She said she doesn't foresee any major issues here in Muskingum County. You are urged to call your doctor if you have any measles symptoms.

For more information you can visit www.cdc.gov/measles/


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