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Measles Outbreak from the Super Bowl?

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It looks like there may be a more serious fallout from the Super Bowl than Tom Brady's disappointment over the Patriots' loss. State health officials are alerting health departments in New York and Massachusetts that an individual with Measles apparently entered the Super Bowl village last Friday before the game. Measles is a highly contagious disease, but it usually takes 10 to 12 days before symptoms appear.

There have been several reported cases of Measles around the Indiana area including one in Hamilton County North of Indianapolis and two others in nearby Boone County. Doctors urge parents to seek the MMR vaccine for their children and promise that it is not linked to Autism or other chronic conditions, although widespread fears have circulated. Furthermore, doctors also urge those who are sick and think they have had contact with someone with Measles to call their doctor immediately. They should also stay home and stay away from others.

Symptoms of Measles and complications include:

  • cough, runny nose, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever of 101 degrees or above, spots inside of the mouth that look like salt, and increased sensitivity to light.
  • complications can range from ear infections and hearing loss to pneumonia and death.

The virus spreads through the air through nose or throat secretions. People at greatest risk of contracting the illness include unvaccinated visitors from abroad, children younger than 5, adults older than 20, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.