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
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.
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.
- Vaccinations – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Vaccinations – US Dept Health and Human Services
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.
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
- Measles (Rubeola) Overview – Medline Plus – National Library of Medicine
- German Measles – Rubella – CDC
- Cases and Outbreaks – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cases
News Coverage and Press Releases
- Nov 18, 2019 – DPH Identifies Likely Source of Measles in Cobb County, Additional Cases Confirmed
- Nov 15, 2019 – DPH Confirms Additional Measles Cases in Cobb County
- Nov 9, 2019 – DPH Confirms Measles Case in Cobb County
- June 20, 2019 – Measles Confirmed in Overseas Traveler