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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

More Measles Cases Reported

By March 10, 2011

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There still aren't any more measles cases secondary to the measles outbreaks in Boston, Washington, Minnesota, or associated with the airline passenger that flew from Washington, D.C. and then to Denver and Albuquerque.

That isn't too surprising though, as measles has a long incubation period. It can take 7 to 18 days (typically 10 to 12 days) from the time you are exposed until you develop measles symptoms. That leaves another week or so until we are in the clear and won't see any more cases.

There have been other measles cases that are unrelated to these previously reported outbreaks though. A young child visiting from the UK, where he contracted the infection, developed measles symptoms while visiting in Florida. There have been no further measles cases, although Florida state health officials state that they are 'still on the look-out.'

The other case was in Texas. An unvaccinated toddler (23 months old) developed measles symptoms after returning from a trip to the Philippines. There were no secondary measles cases according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

These new cases highlight how the high number of measles cases around the world can easily bring this vaccine-preventable infection to our doorstep.

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