The Utah Health Department has identified a probable measles case in an unimmunized Salt Lake County child. They haven’t released any more details about the child. They have asked the public to be aware of possible measles-like illness.
Measles typically presents with 2-4 days of fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis and generally feeling lousy; this stage is called the “prodrome”. This is followed by the classic measles rash, with red spots and bumps, beginning on the face and then spreading to the trunk, arms and legs. Many children also have sores in their mouth as well.
Children typically receive vaccinations for measles at 12 months and at 4-5 years of age. If your child is behind on these immunizations, please contact our office at 801 565-1162 so we can update your child’s immunizations.
Information about measles including diagnosis and preventing transmission can be found at:
Utah Department of Health: http://health.utah.gov/epi/diseases/measles/index.html
or call our office. If you think your child might have these symptoms, let us know so we can arrange to see your child.