Health officials in Greene County, Mo., are reporting three confirmed cases of measles in May, according to the Springfield News-Leader. " />

Three measles cases confirmed in Missouri

Health officials in Greene County, Mo., are reporting three confirmed cases of measles in May, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

The newspaper reports that two cases confirmed in early May were found in a mother and her young child after they returned from a trip to Venezuela, where they are believed to have contracted the illness.

The third case, Springfield Greene County Health Department spokeswoman Katie Towns-Jeter told the newspaper, is a secondary case, meaning that the person diagnosed with it had come into contact with the mother and child.

This latest case is in an unnamed person who is described as between the ages of 18 and 45 years old.

“We are just continuing to urge people to take precautions, to know signs and symptoms of illness,” Towns-Jeter told the News-Leader. “If they do experience symptoms, it is important to limit exposure to others.”

Towns-Jeter said the best way to prevent getting measles is to make sure you are vaccinated.

“Vaccines are 99 percent effective. They are also the best protection for preventing diseases such as measles mumps rubella,” she told the newspaper.

Measles symptoms include coughing, a runny nose, fever and a rash. The disease incubates for approximately 10 days before symptoms appear, with rashes lasting from four to seven days.