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State officials working to curb spread of measles

January 21, 2012

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— Finney County health officials are trying to stem the spread of measles.

The Garden City Telegram reported that four cases of the highly contagious virus have been reported.

Health officials are urging people to stay home if they are showing symptoms. They say people also need to stay at home if they aren’t immunized and have been exposed to someone who is sick. The quarantine period should last three weeks.

The initial symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose and cough. Three to five days after the initial illness, a blotchy rash occurs beginning at the hairline, moving to the face and upper neck, and then down the body.

Health officials say people who are exposed should call their doctor instead of going to the doctor’s office.

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