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Fifth measles case reported in Maryland

Posted at 10:30 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 08:26:08-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed a fifth measles case in Maryland on Friday.

Unlike the four other cases reported in the Pikesville area, it is unknown which part of Maryland this new case is coming from.

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Measles is a contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection which is easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours.

Early symptoms of measles are a fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. If you believe you have the virus, contact your doctor before visiting their office so they can make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk.

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Maryland is one of 23 states with measles cases. The CDC says more than 760 cases have been reported in 2019.

For more information on the measles outbreak, click here.