Potential Measles Exposure Found In Southern Nevada

Ruzanna Harutyunyan's picture

The Southern Nevada Health District has learned that a visitor to Southern Nevada on June 20-21 was recently diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed case of the measles.

The risk of disease is low for persons previously vaccinated against measles or diagnosed with the disease. However, because individuals who are not immune to measles might have been exposed during the patient’s visit, the health district is alerting the community of the possibility of measles transmission so that Valley residents have an opportunity to receive measles immunization and so that anyone who develops measles symptoms will seek medical attention.

Measles can be spread among susceptible people and can result in serious infections resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and death. Many people born before 1957 had the disease in childhood and younger people are routinely vaccinated against it.


Symptoms can begin about 10 days after exposure to the virus. An infected patient has a fever that can last two to four days and can peak as high as 103 F to 105 F. A runny nose, cough and/or red eyes follow and about 14 days after exposure the telltale rash appears; the rash can last five to six days. It begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck and eventually reaches the hands and feet. Measles can be spread approximately four days before the rash appears and up to five days after.

People who have had the measles or have been adequately immunized against it are protected. Immunity can be determined by a blood test. People are considered immune if:

* they were born before 1957 as many of them had the disease as a child;

* they were born on or after Jan. 1, 1957 and have documentation of two doses of measles vaccine administered at least one month apart since 1968, with the first dose given on or after the first birthday (measles vaccines used prior to 1968 do not always provide reliable immunity); or

* a blood test for measles antibody is positive.



Wyoming rehabilitation centers are available to help with offering a variety of programs specifically designed for each individual to eliminate drug addiction and/or alcoholism. While recovery from drug abuse and alcohol abuse is a lifelong journey, it starts with that first step. No one wakes up intending to become an addict, but it does happen. Soon your entire family is on that twisting turning road to nowhere. There is a wide selection of treatment options available for recovery of drug addictions and alcoholism. Wyoming rehabilitation programs are specifically designed for each individual. There is no quick fix. Drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Wyoming are located throughout the state. In some instances, you may need to travel some distance from your home to find the right one. The wonderful part is that when you return home, you will be happier and healthier than you have been in a long, long time! Addiction treatment in Wyoming can, and often does involve loved ones of the addict as well, because the affects drug addiction and alcoholism are wide reaching. The addict is not the only one who has suffered. Every individual involved with the addict has suffered in one way or another. Inpatient treatment is considered by many to be the best treatment for long-term success of alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Most try outpatient methods first. Determination is the key factor to success. Your life and the lives of your loved ones can and will change for the better. Talk to a professional at a Wyoming addiction recovery center and find out the many options available to you. Life can, and will be better, you just have to take that first step. ................................... jack .................................................. <a href="http://www.addictionlink.org/drug-rehab-center/nevada">nevada drug rehab</a>-nevada drug rehab