Maryland reports first measles case since 2009

Maryland health officials have warned people in Catonsville, Easton and Baltimore to be on the watch for measles symptoms after the first case was reported in the state since 2009.

According to state officials from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, an infected person might have potentially exposed others to the virus from May 31 through June 5. While measles has become rare due to a widely used vaccine, it is very contagious to those who are not vaccinated, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The symptoms of measles begin with watery eyes, a runny nose, fever and a cough in the first several days. The second phase starts on the third to seventh day with a rash that begins at the scalp. Dr. David Blythe, a state epidemiologist, told The Baltimore Sun that people with these symptoms should stay out of public and call their doctor for instructions.

Officials expect that after June 24, no one else is likely to come down with the measles from this potential exposure. Those who may have been exposed who are infants, unvaccinated pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems should contact their doctors.

"It's really uncommon here because we have such a high vaccination rate," Blythe said, according to the Baltimore Sun. "But it's still around. If you notice symptoms, call you health care provider."