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Orange County links measles risk to youth baseball game

Posted May 9, 2013

The measles vaccine is an important, if not fool-proof, preventative.

— People who attended a youth baseball game last weekend in Hillsborough might have been exposed to measles, the Orange County Health Department said Thursday.

A person who attended two games of the Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) – on Friday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove and on Saturday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Exchange Club Park in Hillsborough – developed symptoms of measles on Sunday.

Those who attended the games, even if they have current vaccinations, should be on alert for symptoms of measles, which include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that begins on the head and spreads downward over the body. 

While the person diagnosed with measles Sunday had been vaccinated and had no reason to suspect he was contagious, rare cases of measles develop in those with a current vaccine, the health department said. People with measles can infect others up to four days before they show symptoms.

The Orange County Health Department is offering free measles vaccines to those who think they might have been exposed.

People who suspect they have measles are advised to stay home in order to limit further spread of the disease and to call a doctor to schedule a measles test.

Since the outbreak was identified in April, state and local public health authorities have identified 23 confirmed cases and have notified more than 1,000 people in Stokes, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Polk and Chatham counties who may have been exposed to the disease.

Of the dozens diagnosed with measles over the past month, most had not been vaccinated.

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Most of the cases are associated with people who live in or have visited the Prabhupada Village in Stokes County. Investigators have also determined that two people infected with measles attended the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in April before they knew they might be ill.

Most people make a full recovery from measles, but it can be especially dangerous to pregnant women, the babies they carry and infants who are too young to have been vaccinated. 

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  • Bendal1 May 10, 7:38 p.m.

    Unfortunately this is happening more and more across the country. Not just measles either; outbreaks of mumps and polio have been reported as well, mainly because the stupid anti-vaxxers refuse to get their kids vaccinated. Jenny McCarthy and her stupid "don't vaccinate" campaign will have a lot to answer for when she finally leaves this world.

  • JohnnyMcRonny May 10, 1:30 p.m.

    Hey - catch this!

  • heelsgirl05 May 9, 4:23 p.m.

    This is not the common cold, people. This is something when someone tells you to stay home, do it. It is very contagious. Yes, the decision is yours and not anyone elses, but this is something that can cause some serious side effects to people if they are exposed. It can cause fetal death or impaired development and can kill the elderly and children-people who don't have a great immune system.

  • Snakebite Survivor May 9, 3:42 p.m.

    I wonder if this person came into contact with an unvaccinated individual. Perhaps someone who is a believer in the anti-vax propaganda.

  • Obamacare survives May 9, 3:19 p.m.

    That's about as American as baseball, apple pie and measles.

  • busyb97 May 9, 3:18 p.m.

    Don't you love it when symptoms are the same as everything else...especially allergies (which are big this time of year). By the time you see a rash, you've probably already exposed people.

  • raleighboy524 May 9, 2:48 p.m.

    "People who suspect they have measles are advised to stay home..."

    Hey, nobody tells me I have to stay home. If I feel sick, I may nor may not stay home. But government isn't the one who decides.

  • ellencarss May 9, 2:41 p.m.

    Measles symptoms the day after exposure? I don't think so.