WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Conn. confirms third 2014 measles case

The Connecticut Department of Public Health recently confirmed the third case of measles in the state this year.

The newest case was confirmed in a New Haven county adult. The two previously confirmed cases were reported in February and involved an infant and an adult in Fairfield County. All three reported cases recovered and are not believed to be linked.

"The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated," DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen said. "While most residents have been vaccinated for measles, it's important to know your vaccination status and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles so you can get medical attention."

Connecticut reported a total of three measles cases for the years 2006-2013.

The highly contagious measles disease can spread quickly among the unvaccinated, but the majority of those exposed to measles are not at-risk to develop the disease because most people have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past prior to vaccination becoming routine.

Measles symptoms appear seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to an infected person. Symptoms begin with a mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat. A red or reddish-brown rash appears three to five days after the initial symptoms and fevers may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.