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Confirmed Case of Measles

Dear Parents and Patients,

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced that a student at Mabry Middle School in Cobb County has recently been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles.  Please read the DPH press release below for further details.

If your child has been vaccinated, there is minimal risk of exposure and there is nothing further for you to do.  If you suspect your child may have measles or been exposed, please call our office for advice.  In an attempt to minimize exposure to others, please do NOT bring your child into our office or any local emergency room or urgent care center unless directed to so do by our office.

November 9, 2019
ATLANTA 
-The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in an unvaccinated Cobb County resident. The individual may have exposed others between Oct. 31- Nov. 6. DPH is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing measles. DPH urges health care providers to maintain heightened awareness for patients with measles.

Measles starts with fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. In fact, the measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after an infected person was there. People may be infected by simply being in a room where an infected person once was. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. 

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children receive their first dose of MMR vaccine between 12-15 months of age and a second dose between 4-6 years old. More than 95% of the people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to all three viruses. A second dose boosts immunity, typically enhancing protection to 98%.

People with symptoms of measles should contact their health care provider immediately. DO NOT go to the doctor’s office, the hospital, or a public health clinic without FIRST calling to let them know about your symptoms. Health care providers who suspect measles in a patient should notify public health immediately.

For more information about measles, log on to 
https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html


Source URL: https://dph.georgia.gov/press-releases/2019-11-09/dph-confirms-measles-case-cobb-county

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Sincerely,
The Providers of Roswell Pediatric Center, PC

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