Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Health District Keeping Eye on Measles Case

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) is keeping a close eye on the latest Connecticut measles case, Mark Cooper, director, said today.

He said a visitor to Brooklyn, New York has been linked to a Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) confirmed case of measles in Connecticut, specifically in New Haven County — the third in the state this year.

“With our close proximity to New York, the Westport Weston Health District has been keeping a close watch on all outbreak news and has been advising vaccinations for prevention,” Cooper said.

“It is likely the number of measles cases will increase in Connecticut before the outbreak is brought under control.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from Jan. 1 to April 19, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is an increase of 71 cases from the previous week.

This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000, second only to the 667 cases reported during all of 2014.

Cooper said the best protection against measles is to be vaccinated with MMR, a vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses.

Louis E. D’Onofrio, Jr., WWHD’s director of clinical care, urged Westport and Weston residents who do not think they have ever received the MMR vaccine or have no vaccination record to contact their healthcare provider for immunizations or blood testing as soon as possible.

Cooper said that those born before 1957 are considered immune, having lived through several measles outbreaks.

He urged those who have questions or who seek vaccines to call the WWHD at (203) 227-9571 ext. 231.

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