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NC measles outbreak increases to 19 cases

Posted April 30, 2013

— An outbreak of measles in Orange and Stokes counties has grown to 19 cases and spread to Polk County, state health officials said Tuesday.

Since the outbreak began two weeks ago, state and local public health authorities said they have notified more than 1,000 residents in Stokes, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Polk and Chatham counties who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.

Most of the 19 diagnosed cases involve people who live in or have visited the Prabhupada Village in Stokes County, officials said. Two of the patients attended the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Chatham County on Friday while they were infectious but before becoming ill.

Most of the people who became sick have not been vaccinated against the virus, which is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person.

Health officials are urging people to avoid visiting the Prabhupada Village until the outbreak subsides.

"Measles is an extremely infectious disease and spreads very quickly,” said Dr. Laura Gerald, state health director. “If you suspect you may be sick with measles, please call your health care provider before leaving home to avoid spreading the illness to people in doctors’ office or clinic waiting areas or in emergency departments.”

Initial symptoms include a fever of over 101 degrees, a runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. A rash appears on the face after a few days and spreads across the body. People with measles are most infectious four days before and four days after the rash appears.

Health officials recommend immunization within 72 hours of exposure for those who have never been vaccinated.

Learn more about measles at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 1, 2013

    @whatelseisnew, did you really say “blindly believe Doctors and Scientists”?

    Do you understand The Scientific Method and how it applies to medicine? Sheez Louise. It’s empirical laboratory results with years of study, peer reviews by educated, experienced competing professionals...all working and pushing each other to make sure that all observations and findings are as good as we humans can make them at the time. Perfect? No, we don’t know everything. Best we have by a long shot? Absolutely.

    So, take chances with your own *adult* life. Protect the *children* with the best method that society has to offer.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 1, 2013

    Enough with the ridiculous anti-science and religious exemptions.

    These are children's lives we are talking about. You can abuse yourself all you want, but you do not get to abuse your child in the name of ridiculousness.

  • Liveandlearn Apr 30, 2013

    This is the TV news video and writeup in the Triad Greensboro area about the outbreak. The TV announcer caught it also. I just watched and shook my head because no one would listen to me in Raleigh where it originated.


  • Liveandlearn Apr 30, 2013

    Last year adult members and children of my family came down with a new strain of Hand Mouth and Foot that was brought into the US by a child in my grandson's preschool class who had been to Brazil. Due to the fact that we were so sick, I researched and also consulted the State of Alabama which had been monitoring a new strain in Birmingham. This strain lead to hospitalizations. I contacted our state Communicable Disease Department, Wake County, the governor's office, and WRAL and at first no one would talk with me. Finally the state agreed to test me through Wake County after CDC sent notices out that there was a new strain. Six weeks later it was confirmed to be _____sackie A6. Duke China is working on a vaccine for EV 71. It has been causing deaths in Asian countries. I watched online as A6 has traveled all over our country. Protect your family by staying abreast of new diseases.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 30, 2013

    Yeah we for sure need to keep our borders WIDE open.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 30, 2013

    "here's something....INNOCULATE YOUR CHILDREN! and stop listening to studies that have been proven to be wrong! Nothing annoys me more then moms thinking they know more then doctors and scientists."

    Nothing annoys me more than people that blindly believe Doctors and Scientists are correct. That is both FOOLISH and Dangerous. Doctors and Scientists are frequently wrong and they have killed more people than all combined wars have killed. The reality is a percentage of the population CAN be harmed by vaccinations. It is luck of the draw as to whether a given person will have an adverse reaction. Just understand when you take your child in for ANY vaccination you are rolling the dice.

  • DaddysAngel27 Apr 30, 2013

    I had all of my shots back when they were all due in the 70's. Wow that's a long time ago. :) But, when I was 7 or 8 years old I still ending up getting (German Measles) called Rubella now. From my understanding it is different from regular measles and hoping that I cannot get them. Not sure if you had one can you still get the other. I thought measles were measles until I read up on it. Has me a little worried because I go to Chapel Hill often to see doctors.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Apr 30, 2013

    I hope all those people screaming that immunizations are bad for you are reading this. All 3 of my kids have been vaccinated and they're all fine.

  • ginny159 Apr 30, 2013

    here's something....INNOCULATE YOUR CHILDREN! and stop listening to studies that have been proven to be wrong! Nothing annoys me more then moms thinking they know more then doctors and scientists.

  • BaseBallMommy Apr 30, 2013

    THis is one of the many reasons why you should have your children's shots up to date!