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Facts about Measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious issues for young children. With the recent outbreaks across the U.S., it’s important to know the facts about measles. DeKalb County Board of Health has provided some important information hat you need to know about measles.

What are Measles?

Measles Symptoms

 Measles symptoms usually appear within 10 – 14 days after exposure. Measles patients are considered to be contagious anywhere from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears.

Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. From 2001-2013, 28% of children younger than 5 years old (in the U.S.) who had measles had to be treated in the hospital. In some children, measles can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, even death.

Measles Transmission

Measles Vaccine

Measles Vaccine in Georgia

 DPH and Outbreaks in Georgia

For highly infectious, vaccine preventable diseases such as measles or varicella, DPH would, in the situation of an outbreak, request that children who are unprotected (unimmunized) or otherwise at risk (immunocompromised) remain home from school for one incubation period from the date that the last case was identified and exposed students. DPH, the state health districts and county health departments work closely with schools in the event of any kind of outbreaks.


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