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Recognizing Measles

The United States is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of measles since its elimination in 2000. Measles is highly contagious and can be dangerous to any individual who is not vaccinated. The number of confirmed cases in New York State and across the nation is continuing to rise. This session will expand healthcare providers’ capacity to address vaccine hesitancy among patients and families. Presenters will discuss the epidemiology of the measles outbreak in New York, the science underlying infectious diseases such as measles, and share their experiences engaging with vaccine hesitant patients and families.

What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms usually appear 7-14 days after exposure but can take as long as 21 days.
The first symptoms are usually:
• High fever and one or more of the following:
– Cough
– Runny nose
– Red watery eyes
– Rash
• Small red spots, some of which are
slightly raised.
• Spots and bumps in tight clusters give
the skin a splotchy red appearance.
• Usually appears 2 to 4 days after the
fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days.
• Begins at the hairline, moves to the face
and neck, down the body and then to
the arms and legs.
What steps should be taken if an individual has symptoms of measles?
1. Immediately isolate the individual.
– Attend to camper’s immediate medical needs.
Call the healthcare provider or emergency
department before seeking care.
– Place individual in a private room with
a door that closes, if possible.
– Restrict susceptible individuals from
entering the space.
2. If you haven’t already, contact the camp
health director
3. Determine individual’s immunity status
4. Call your local health department

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