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Greene County Confirms Third Case of Measles This Month

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Another case of measles has been confirmed in the Greene County area. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says this is the third confirmed local case this month. A spokeswoman for the department said the latest case involves a person between the ages of 18 and 45.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness. According to the National Institutes of Health, signs and symptoms of the illness include: fever, cough, runny nose, and an itchy rash that tends to appear a few days after the other symptoms.

The health department is encouraging locals to watch out for these symptoms, and to limit exposure to other people if you think you may have measles.

Also, before heading in to see your healthcare provider, call ahead to reduce your exposure to others.

The health department says vaccinations offer the best protection from measles.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.