Four cases of Measles confirmed in Bay of Plenty

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

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There are now 41 cases of Measles in Michigan, now including 1 case in Washtenaw County, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). That is the highest case count in MI since 1991.

People in Bay of Plenty are being urged to make sure they are vaccinated against measles after one case was confirmed Mount Maunganui.

Exposure locations are not yet available for the Washtenaw County case and will be provided as more information is learned at washtenaw.org/health.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread by personal contact and through the air.

Toi Te Ora Public Health said four cases of the highly infectious viral illness have occurred over the last three weeks.

"After one dose of MMR vaccine about 95 per cent of people are protected from measles, and 99 per cent of people who have had both doses are protected from measles".

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March 29, 2019, 9:15 p.m. - 9:25 p.m., OC Transpo bus Route 12, Montreal Rd and North River Rd to Rideau St. and Sussex Dr. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune. However, the CDC says the two-dose vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing infection. Back in the mid-20th century, measles cases in the United States numbered in the hundreds of thousands per year, but, by 1970, the disease had been almost eradicated thanks to the introduction of a vaccine for it. The vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure.

You can not get measles from the vaccine.

So far this year in the US, there have been 465 cases of measles confirmed in 19 states.

Symptoms of measles usually begin within a wee to 14 days after exposure, but can remain dormant up to 21 days.

Symptoms may change through the course of the illness but start with a cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes and a fever. A small percentage of those infected can develop pneumonia, swelling of the brain or other serious symptoms.

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