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Jul 17, 2017 3:49 PM

NH DHHS warns Hampton Beach goers of person infected with measles

CONCORD — Those who visited Hampton Beach during the afternoon on July 9 should monitor themselves for measles symptoms, announced the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health Services.

According to DHHS, a person infected with the measles virus traveled to the beach from around noon until 6 p.m. on July 9, spending time on the beach as well as at several locations on Ocean Boulevard.

The infection individual spent almost all their time in the open air, which likely minimizes the risk of further transmission, DHHS said. The department has no identified any additional cases related to this situation.

Symptoms of measles infection usually begin with high fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis several days prior to development of a body rash. Anybody who feels sick should call their healthcare provider before going directly to a healthcare facility.

DHHS recommends that all people review their vaccination status with their healthcare providers to ensure adequate immunity to measles. The measles vaccine (MMR vaccine) is very effective, and more than 99% of individuals who receive two doses of the vaccine develop immunity to measles.

Measles is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person through the air when someone with the disease sneezes, coughs or talks. It is very easy for individuals who have not received the measles vaccine to contract it from someone else. The incubation period for measles from the time of exposure is typically 10 to 14 days, but can be as long as 21 days.

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