In one Follow-up to the report on a measles case in the county of Spartanburg, SC Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina (DHEC) reported that two more cases had been identified.
All three cases are children who are not vaccinated, are of school age and do not attend daycare.
The individuals were seen in two urgent care facilities – the AFC Urgent Care at 1667 E. Main St. Duncan, SC, on Sunday, October 14, between 9 am and 12 noon, or MEDcare Urgent Care at 301 E. Wood St. Spartanburg , SC, USA Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm to 7:15 pm The Spartanburg County Health Department asks you to contact them if you have visited these facilities during these appointments.
Measles are a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The first symptoms of measles are fever, cough and runny nose. These symptoms are followed by a rash. The rash usually lasts five or six days.
"The measles virus is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes," Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist of DHEC. "The best way to prevent measles is vaccination. I urge everyone to check their vaccination records and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations. "
Residents of Spartanburg will receive free MMR vaccines at the Spartanburg County Health Department (151 E. Wood Street, Spartanburg, SC 29305) through November 7. Call 1-855-472-3432 for an appointment.
Children should receive two doses of MMR vaccine: the first at the age of 12 to 15 months and the second at the age of 4 to 6 years. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 should receive an MMR vaccine early if they are traveling to a country where measles are common. For all ages, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are traveling to another country.