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COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The Chief Epidemiologist with Collin County Health Care Services has confirmed a case of measles at Schell Elementary.

The alert doesn’t say if the person was a student, teacher, staff member, or parent, but does say “individual exposure status” is being reviewed. Health officials say anyone at the school on January 5 could have been exposed to the viral infection.

Measles is highly contagious and is primarily transmitted from person-to-person by physical contact and through the air by the infected person coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of measles include rash, a fever above 101, cough, runny nose, or eye redness. Patients are contagious from four days before onset of the rash to four days after appearance of rash.

Anyone, who has been vaccinated, who knowingly had contact with someone with measles is advised to isolate themselves immediately if symptoms develop and contact a doctor. Those with possible infections are also advised to take note of when the rash first developed and stay at home until four days after the rash has gone away.

Those who have not been vaccinated are at higher risk of complications from measles. Anyone who has not been vaccinated, and doesn’t want to be vaccinated, is being asked to stay home from school, child care settings, and group settings until 21 days after the onset of a rash.

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