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First Confirmed Case of Measles in Oxford in Over a Decade

Oxford County has their first confirmed case of measles in more than a decade. According to Public Health, lab results came back positive for red measles on an unimmunized adult who recently traveled to the Netherlands. Measles is the most contagious of the vaccine preventable diseases and can be spread to other people one day before the first symptoms of the disease appear. It is spread easily through close personal contact or direct contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing. Complications from measles include pneumonia, severe diarrhea, croup, ear infections and inflammation of the brain. Public Health says anyone in the infectious stage should stay home and avoid going to day cares, schools, work, stores and other public places during this time period. They are also asking residents to check their immunization records to make sure they have had two doses of the measles vaccine.

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