Transcript for Officials issue urgent health warning about measles for the holidays
Now he urgent health warning tonight officials say an unknown number of people who recently traveled. Through at least five busy American airports. May have been exposed to the measles doctor -- action is she with us now in studio to explain. Doctor Jan 2019 setting the record in more than two decades for the most confirmed cases of measles so the big question tonight what are the symptoms people shall look for. And how long these who are hostile time. Most doctors in this country have never seen a case so let's get right to the signs and symptoms of the measles it can start with a cough. Then progressed to paint dye a runny nose the classic spots inside the mouth then a fever as high as a 105 degrees then they tell tell rash. These symptoms can take up to two weeks to occur we have to remember this is deep most contagious respiratory virus in the world. These particles can live in the air for two hours it's incredibly dangerous so what should travelers be aware. Well first I think we need to remember what can happen if children particularly get the measles there's about a one in ten chance of an ear infection. A one in twenty chance of pneumonia one in a thousand children will develop brain swelling or encephalitis an up to three children out of a thousand. We'll die of the measles Tom this is really not an issue for people. If they'd been vaccinated the measles vaccine is 97%. Effective.
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