Thursday, June 27, 2013

Measles in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and its partners across the state are asking that everyone be up to date on their measles vaccinations and to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of this highly contagious respiratory disease.  The CDPHE announced the first measles case in Colorado since 2006 in an adult male from India on June 4, 2013.  The first case was known to have visited a private physician’s office and later was hospitalized at Sky Ridge Medical Center. A second case was reported on June 7, 2013 and was exposed at that physician’s office, Dermatology and Laser Institute of Colorado, located at the Lone Tree Medical Plaza, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree.  Health officials warn others may have been exposed.  
 The incubation period for measles ranges from 7 – 21 days, and susceptible individuals exposed to the secondary case could develop measles symptoms between June 9 and June 27.  In addition to staying up to date on immunizations, people should be alert for the symptoms of measles and contact a health care provider if they become ill.
JCPH Immunization Program offers vaccines to prevent many childhood diseases. Call 303-232-6301 to make an appointment or visit the JCPH Immunization web page.

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