SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials said they have identified two new cases of measles in Spartanburg County.
According to a DHEC news release, all three cases involve children who have not been vaccinated. None of the children are of school age and do not attend a daycare.
Those impacted were seen at two urgent care facilities.
DHEC is asking anyone who may have visited AFC Urgent Care, located at 1667 E. Main St. in Duncan, on Sunday, Oct. 14 between 9 a.m. and noon, or MEDcare Urgent Care, located at 301 E. Wood St. in Spartanburg on Oct. 27 between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., call Spartanburg County Health Department at 864-596-3337.
According to the release, DHEC officials have notified healthcare providers to be on the lookout for patients with signs and symptoms of measles, and ask them to immediately report clinically suspected measles cases to their public health office.
“The measles virus is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” Dr. Linda Bell, DHEC’s state epidemiologist, said. “The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. I strongly encourage everyone to review their immunization records and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations.”
According to the release, the initial symptoms of measles includes fever, cough, runny nose and a rash. Measles can lead to hospitalization and even death.
DHEC officials said Spartanburg residents can get free MMR vaccines by appointment until Nov. 7 at the Spartanburg County Health Department, located at 151 E. Wood St. in Spartanburg. To make an appointment, call 1-855-472-3432.
According to the release, kids should receive two doses of MMR vaccine — the first at 12-15 months old, and the second a 4 to 6 years of age.
“Children 6 to 12 months should get an early dose of MMR vaccine if they are traveling to a country where measles is common. For all ages, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are going to be traveling to another country.”