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Maine health officials issued a health advisory Friday after a child tested positive for measles by PCR.


The individual is now isolated at home. Potentially exposed individuals should check their immunization status and monitor for symptoms.

Because the child received a dose of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the sample is being sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) for confirmation of wild-type measles versus vaccine measles strain.

Out of an abundance of caution, Maine CDC is considering the child to be infectious. The child became ill with fever and rash on Sunday, April 30, 2023. During the child’s contagious period, they visited two health care facilities and two public settings:

Potentially exposed individuals should check their measles immunization status and monitor for
symptoms and contact a healthcare provider if symptoms develop. Those who are not immunized or
do not know their measles immunization status should get vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR
vaccine to protect from subsequent exposures.

Maine clinicians should increase surveillance for rash illness suggestive of measles to identify early potential cases and prevent the spread of disease. The best protection against measles is vaccination.

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