You may have heard that there were two cases of measles diagnosed in Utah. It's true. On January 7th, 2015 two cases of measles were diagnosed in unvaccinated children in Utah County. The children were exposed while visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in mid December. Measles is very contagious, and these children may have exposed others between December 26th and January 4th. There were many places they visited, including two visits to the Timpanogas Regional Hospital on January 3rd and 4th. Here is a list of the places where exposures may have occurred.
The time from exposure to development of symptoms is about 10 days, so if we are going to see more cases of measles they should start popping up now. Symptoms start with a fever that can be very high, up to 105. Then develops fatigue, cough, runny nose and red eyes. Within 1-3 days, red dots in the mouth may develop along with a rash which typically begins on the face.
One of the tricky things is that patients are contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears. The measles vaccine is extremely effective, however--around 99% if you've had both doses. We typically immunize at 12 months and with Kindergarten vaccines. Fully immunized people are at very low risk even if exposed. If you think you may have been exposed, but don't yet have symptoms please call our office or 1-800-456-7707 or visit www.health.utah.gov/measles to learn more about what to do. Prompt treatment is KEY to not starting an outbreak here in Utah, so if you have any questions or concerns PLEASE, PLEASE call.
There have been a few articles floating around lately about the importance of letting kids PLAY. Not play in a league or on a team or with an organization, but just play. Here's one by someone who's got some street cred, Keith Van Horn.