In response to the announcement that multiple cases of measles have been reported in Cobb County, the library has pulled together resources to assist citizens in learning more about the disease, how to take precautions against its spread and reporting protocols if symptoms are observed.

What are Measles

Think Measles. Guidelines for Patient evaluation, Diagnosis and Management. Www.cdc.gov/measles/hcp/

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the Rubeola virus. It spreads in the air by coughing and sneezing. The disease is no longer common in the United States, however it is widespread in other parts of the world. According to the CDC, Europe is dealing with its biggest measles outbreak since the 1990s. Many people that contracted measles in the US received it outside the country and brought it back with them.

Measles begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). These symptoms are followed by a maculopapular rash that begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck and then down the body.  Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards. If you suspect a case of measles in your home, don’t go to your doctor’s office, hospital or health clinic without calling first to describe your symptoms.

Read more at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Reporting

All suspect cases of measles should be reported immediately to the Georgia Department of Public Health by calling 1-866-782-4584 or by completing the Measles Case Report Form.

Cases also should immediately be reported to Cobb & Douglas Public Health by calling 770-514-2432. Other reporting options can be found HERE.

Infographic: Protect your child from measles. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Unvaccinated travelers who get measles in other countries continue to bring the disease into the United States. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Vaccination Information

Health organizations strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated against measles. It is especially important in the face of the recent outbreak and if you plan to travel to Europe, which is experiencing a rise in cases. The disease is highly contagious.

Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS)

The Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS) is designed to collect and maintain accurate, complete and current vaccination records to promote effective and cost-efficient disease prevention and control. Links to forms are below.

Statistics

Check here for a history of reported cases in Georgia tracked by the GA Department of Public Health. Measles Statistics.

More Useful information about Measles

News Coverage and Press Releases

Information Concerning the Measles Outbreak

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