Measles: Do you know your status?

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The newly confirmed five measles cases in Allegheny County raise questions for residents an hour away in the Ohio Valley. Could the measles spread here? How severe is the concern? What should people do next? 

Health officials from the Ohio County Health Department said while the measles situation in Pittsburgh is only a “cluster” meaning they’re not connected to eachother and are not derived from a concentrated outbreak, people here should still take precaution. 

“It’s an hour away. It’s national travelers and it’s not linked to the national outbreak. It should be a wakeup call for people in the Ohio Valley,” said Howard Gamble, OCHD

According to Gamble, there’s a seemingly confusing timeline of vaccinations, as they have changed and developed over the past several decades. In order to be up to date with modern vaccine qualifications, people should have recieved two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. 

Gamble said, this is the time where people should be considering their vaccination status and should consult with their primary care physician. 

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, irritation of eyes and rash that covers the body. 

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