UPDATE: DHEC Reports Total of Six Measles Cases in Spartanburg County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 8, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is continuing its investigation into multiple measles cases in Spartanburg County and is in the process of notifying people who may have been exposed in specific settings. Currently there are six cases.
Individuals who had measles visited local urgent care facilities while they were infectious. If you visited AFC at 1667 East Main Street Duncan, S.C. on Friday, Oct. 26 between 11:35 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., MEDcare Urgent Care at 301 E. Wood St. Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., or the Greer Memorial Hospital Emergency Room at 830 S Buncombe Rd, Greer, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 10:08 a.m. and 5 p.m., please contact the Spartanburg County Health Department at 864-596-3337.
Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The initial symptoms of measles include fever, cough, and runny nose. These symptoms are followed by a rash. The rash usually lasts five or six days.
“I can’t encourage people enough to review their immunization records and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations," said Dr. Linda Bell, DHEC's state epidemiologist. "The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated."
The measles virus is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
DHEC has notified healthcare providers to be on alert for patients with signs or symptoms of measles. Healthcare professionals should immediately report clinically suspected measles cases to their regional public health office. Although none of the cases at this time have been associated with a school or child care setting, DHEC is providing letters to local schools and child care centers to help increase general awareness in the community about preventing measles.
Spartanburg residents can receive a free MMR vaccine by appointment until Nov. 21 at the Spartanburg County Health Department, located at 151 E. Wood St, Spartanburg, SC 29305. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment.
Vaccination is critical in preventing the spread of measles. Children should receive two doses of MMR vaccine: the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. Children 6 to 12 months should get an early dose of MMR vaccine if they are traveling to a country where measles is common. For all ages, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are going to be traveling to another country.
For more information about measles visit the DHEC website or CDC website.
NOTE TO REPORTERS:
From this point forward updates will be provided weekly on the measles webpage unless there is a significant change requiring a press release.
Due to federal and state privacy restrictions, DHEC is unable to provide additional information concerning any individual, including details about physical condition, hospitalization, age, sex, and residence.