MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Connecticut citizens might have been exposed to measles

The Connecticut Department of Health issued a warning this week that members of the public may have been exposed to measles.

The Suffolk County Health Department notified the Connecticut Department of Health of the measles case, reports. The patient, an infant from Massachusetts, traveled from New London to Orient Point on July 7 aboard the Cross Sound Ferry boat John H around 1 p.m.

According to authorities, passengers on the 3 p.m. return trip to New London may have been at risk for exposure. It also known that the child stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverhead, New York.

The DRH has warned the public that, in the case of potential infection, the exposed should call their doctor or local emergency room before seeking treatment to prevent others from contracting the infection.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that normally causes fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, pink eye and a rash, reports. The rash usually starts at the hairline, moving down the face and onto the body, lasting five or six days. Measles can be fatal, with one or two deaths occurring in every thousand cases. Young children are at greater risk.

According to the CDPH, anyone given two doses of the MMR vaccine and those born before 1957 are considered immune.