The national measles outbreak has caused many great concern for themselves and for their children. The Southeast Utah Health Department released a statement on Friday in regards to rumors that measles have found their way into the Castle Country area.
Bradon Bradford, director and health officer at the department, stated that they are monitoring the outbreak and how it impacts local communities. Local health providers are being worked with closely as well as the Utah Department of Health. Bradford further stated that in situations that it may be unclear if a case of measles in confirmed or not, an investigation in conducted accordingly until different information is obtained.
The statement from the department informs that the best protection against the measles virus is a proper vaccination. The health department recommends to all to ensure that two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is received, which is typically the MMR vaccine.
Bradford continued by stating that individuals that are concerned about exposure should first determine vaccination status and those that have been received two doses may be at risk if exposed to a confirmed case. Proper measures should then be taken to exclude an individual from public events and make immediate contact with a healthcare provider.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of measles in Castle Country. Symptoms of the measles typically include a dry cough, runny nose, fever, conjunctivitis and sore throat. Those that have questions may contact their local medical provider or the health department at (435) 637-3671 for more information.