ALTUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Measles It Isn't Just A Little Rash

Altus Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 7.

Measles is a reportable disease in Oklahoma. Measles is highly contagious and is spread from person-to-person by airborne droplets, commonly from a contagious person coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms include and tend to onset in this order:

• High Fever (lasting 2-4 days)

• Cough, runny nose and possibly conjunctivitis

• Red, blotchy rash on the face (beginning at hairline) approximately 14 days after exposure. Over the next 3 days the rash begins to spread downward and outward to the rest of the body reaching the hands and feet. The rash may last 4-7 days.

• Symptoms appear approximately 10-12 days after exposure to the virus and could last 1-2 weeks.

Infected people can spread the disease usually four days before AND 4 days after onset of their rash. There is no treatment for measles, however, healthcare providers may treat symptoms with bed rest, plenty of fluids and anti-fever medication.

Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine; it is recommended for all children at 12 – 15 months of age and again at 4-6 years of age.

For more information check out these links:,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Acute_Disease_Service/Disease_Information/CDD_Measles_Page.html

Original source can be found here.

Source: Altus Chamber of Commerce

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