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Sierra County 1-year-old diagnosed with Measles



Sierra County 1-year-old diagnosed with Measles


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CHRISTINE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT: CONSIDERS EVEN A SINGLE CASE TO BE AN OUTBREAK, BECAUSE THE MEASLES IS SO CONTAGIOUS NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE THAT COULD BE MORE VULNERABLE. YOU MAY SEE THIS SIGN POSTED AT HEALTH CLINICS AND DOCTOR'S OFFICES IN THE STATE. A WARNING, THAT IF YOU SHOW UP WITH A RASH AND FEVER, TAKE CAUTION. >> THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS COME IN THE FRONT DOOR AND INFECT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE. SO WE'RE TRYING TO EDUCATE AHEAD OF THAT POSSIBILITY. CHRISTINE: IT IS ONE STEP THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TAKING TO PREVENT A MEASLES OUTBREAK, AND A LETTER HAS ALREADY GONE OUT TO HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WITH AN ADVISORY TO ENCOURAGE UNVACCINATED PEOPLE, TO GET THEIR SHOTS. ESPECIALLY CHILDREN. BECAUSE SOME KIDS AT SCHOOLS, ARE GIVEN AN EXCEPTION FROM BEING IMMUNIZED. DANIEL BURKE WITH THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS IN GENERAL, THE EXEMPTION RATE IS AROUND 1%. BUT IT IS HIGHER IN SOME NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COUNTIES. LAST YEAR, ABOUT 3% OF CHILDREN RECEIVED IMMUNIZATION WAIVERS IN SANTA FE, TAOS, AND LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES. AND BURKE SAYS THAT REDUCES THE CRUCIAL HERD IMMUNITY. >> THAT MEANS THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DISEASE, THAT IF ONE PERSON GETS IT, THERE'S GOING TO BE A CHAIN ​​REACTION SPREADING OUT CHRISTINE AND SHOULD A CHILD GET: INFECTED IN A NEW MEXICO PUBLIC SCHOOL, THOSE WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THAT SCHOOL OR THREE WEEKS. >> BECAUSE OTHERWISE, THEY'RE GOING TO GET IT, AND IT'S GOING TO BE A CHAIN ​​REACTION OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND NOW WE GOT A MUCH BIGGER OUTBREAK CHRISTINE: IF AN OUTBREAK DOES HAPPEN AND A SCHOO THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE MEASLES IMMUNIZATION WILL BE PREVENTED FROM GOING BACK TO CLASS WITH WEAK – FOR THREE WEE

Sierra County 1-year-old diagnosed with Measles

A 1-year-old child has a confirmed case of the measles in Sierra County. This is the first case of the measles in New Mexico, in nearly five years. The New Mexico Department of Health did not say how the baby contracted the disease or whether they had received the MMR vaccine. However, medical professional suggest children get their first dose of the vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed additional lab testing on this case, which has been under investigation for over a week. The Department of Health has been working with health care providers on how to diagnose and respond to possible measles cases. In addition, DOH has been getting out the word about the importance of measles vaccinations. Watch the video above for more on what to do if you think you've been exposed to the virus.

A 1-year-old child has a confirmed case of the measles in Sierra County.

This is the first case of the measles in New Mexico, in nearly five years.

The New Mexico Department of Health did not say how the baby contracted the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed additional lab testing on this case, which has been under investigation for over a week.

The Department of Health has been working with health care providers on how to diagnose and respond to possible measles cases.

In addition, DOH has been getting out the word about the importance of measles vaccinations.

Watch the video above for more on what to do if you think you've been exposed to the virus.

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