DHHS investigating measles outbreak in Orange, Stokes counties - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

DHHS investigating measles outbreak in Orange, Stokes counties

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating seven cases of measles in Orange and Stokes counties.

Local public health departments are contacting people who may have been exposed to these cases and will provide them with a vaccine to limit the spread of infection. 

"Measles is very uncommon in North Carolina, so many people aren't aware of the symptoms," said Dr. Laura Gerald, State Health Director. "Measles spreads quickly, particularly in children and adults who aren't vaccinated.  We want to make the public aware of this outbreak so individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their families."

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.  It also can be transmitted through contact with secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person.

Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough. After a few days, a rash appears on the head and spreads over the entire body. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children.

Although the early symptoms of measles can be similar to those of many other infections, Dr. Gerald recommends that anyone with fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough, should stay at home and limit contact with others to avoid spreading illness. 

If you develop a rash or if your symptoms worsen, call your doctor or seek medical care. 

  • Search under way for missing boater on Smith Mountain Lake

    Search under way for missing boater on Smith Mountain Lake

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:51:39 GMT
    The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is searching for a missing boater after a two boat collision near the entrance to Craddock Creek near the Smith Mountain Lake dam Thursday.The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is searching for a missing boater after a two boat collision near the entrance to Craddock Creek near the Smith Mountain Lake dam Thursday.
    The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is searching for a missing boater after a two boat collision overnight.
    The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is searching for a missing boater after a two boat collision overnight.
  • 35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

    35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:33:21 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.
    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were...
  • US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct.

    US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct.

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:25:04 GMT
    U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.
    U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.