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Measles Outbreak in NC Reminds Parents of Symptoms to Watch for

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Eight cases of measles have been confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services Friday, in North Carolina. 7 of the cases were found in Stokes County and one in Orange County.

Doctors said it's a disease that is uncommon so many people are unaware of the symptoms or risks. 7 On Your Side found out what you need to know to keep your family safe.

The vaccination is the best way to protect you, Douglas Wiley D.O. at the Family Physicians of Spartanburg said. Wiley said the disease will begin with symptoms like those of a cold or allergies but then red bumps will appear. Keep an eye out for coughing, sneezing, runny nose or fever that may develop into a red rash that starts on your head or mouth and spreads.

Wiley also said Measles can spread through coughing and sneezing or even touching a surface that an infected person came in contact with. The virus can last for up to two hours on any surface, and 90 percent of those who come in contact with someone infected, will become infected as well if they're not immune, reports the Buncombe County Department of Health.

Doctors recommend children visit the doctor and receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine if they're older than 12 months. Another booster shot is recommended when the child starts school a few years later. Some parents decide not to give their children shots however, and this Wiley said, can help spread the disease.

Parents, they're electing not to vaccinate and it's caused a lot of re-occurrence of these diseases of the past," said Wiley.

The North Carolina department of health and human services warns that there have been exposures in western North Carolina as well.

You can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more or Buncombe County's website to check on the NC impact.

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