Mecklenburg County officials are reporting at least one confirmed case of red measles in the county but said there is no immediate risk to the general public. According to a county statement, the patient had traveled to a country with endemic red measles. As a precaution, individuals who came in contact with the patient have been contacted and preventive measures were taken.
Red measles a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by a virus. It is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.
Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, which is routinely given at age 12 months to 15 months and again at 4 to 6 years.
Unvaccinated adults and children should contact their primary care physician to obtain the vaccine, the statement said, and people planning to travel out of the country should consult their physician about any needed vaccinations.