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19 people contract measles in North Carolina

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It's a rare virus, but this month, 19 people have contracted measles in North Carolina.


The health department says the latest cases popped up in three different counties. Thirteen cases were reported in Stokes, 5 in Orange, and one case in Polk counties.

The health department is issuing a warning about this latest outbreak. The Department of Health and Human Services says people may have been exposed while attending large festivals in Chatham and Stokes Counties during the weekends of April 19th.

The health department says so far one thousand people have been notified of their potential measles exposure.

Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Morrow says measles is very rare.

"We're always concerned about measles because measles is such a highly infectious disease that we deal with in public health," said Morrow.

Morrow say the most common symptoms are a fever , running nose, pink eye, followed by a rash that starts on the face.

Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you have been vaccinated. The health department also advises basic sanitary measures like washing your hands and cover your face when you cough.

If you think you may have been exposed or infected with measles contact your local health department or your doctor before going to into to reduce exposing others to the contagious illness.

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