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A measles case has been confirmed in Maryland, authorities said.

The MDHHS says the people infected range in age from eight months to 63 years.

"This is a great example of a public health success story".

Please visit the ISDH website at www.in.gov/isdh/25456.htm or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html for more information about measles. According to the CDC, the double-dose vaccination is 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals. They offer vaccines during the week at their offices in Southfield and Pontiac and will also be hosting a vaccination clinic on April 4 at Young Israel of Oak Park from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

For worldwide travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.

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"The MMR vaccine is available free of charge as part of the routine immunisation schedule".

Measles is a highly contagious illness that can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, health officials added.

Those who never had the measles infection - or who did not have two doses of vaccine - are at highest risk of measles, and Island Health encourages them to get fully immunized.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine.

The state says this is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991, when 65 cases were report.

So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states. Within three to five days a red rash that is raised and blotchy will usually start on the face, spread to chest, arms, and legs. The virus, which is spread by air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes, can remain in the air for up to two hours after the infected individual leaves.

Anyone who may have been exposed in Saanich is being asked to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the exposure date. According to the World Health Organization, while deaths from measles have decreased significantly in recent years, the illness remains common, particularly in developing countries.