Another case of measles discovered in Orange County

May. 09, 2013 @ 05:41 PM

The Orange County Health Department believes people attending two Hillsborough Youth Athletic Associate baseball games last week may have been exposed to measles.
Health Department officials are asking anyone who attended either of the games to be on the alert for symptoms of measles such as fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that begins on the head and moves down. 
One of the games was held Friday at 6 p.m., at the Cedar Park in Cedar Grove and the other at the Exchange Club Park in Hillsborough on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
A person who attended the game developed measles on Sunday, which means he or she may have been contagious while attending the game on Friday and the one on Saturday.
The person who came down with measles had been fully vaccinated and had no reason not to be in public, officials said in a news release.
They said people who have been vaccinated against measles are considered to be more than 99 percent protected and only develop measles in rare cases.
Officials are asking anyone who develops symptoms to stay home and call their medical provider to be tested.
Measles is a viral illness that is spread through respiratory droplets. Officials said people born before 1957 are likely immune due to having had the disease as a child and that most others are protected due to having received a measles-containing vaccine (MMR). 
One dose of MMR has been required for childcare, school and university entry for many years. Two doses of MMR are recommended and have been required for childcare, school and university entry in North Carolina for anyone entering after July 1, 1994.
Most people who have measles recover without complications, but it is especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and persons with other health conditions that would be complicated by measles.
Officials are urging people born 1957 or later and do not have confirmation of having received two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR) to consult their medical provider or local health department to receive the vaccine. 
They said getting vaccinated now will not provide protection for this specific exposure, but would provide future protection.
For more information about measles, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.
A measles outbreak in North Carolina, including in Orange County, was first reported in mid-April.