SWGA health experts weigh in on measles cases

SWGA health experts weigh in on measles cases

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia health experts are weighing in on the measles cases confirmed from Michigan to New York.

WALB spoke to an expert about what you can do to protect yourself, should the outbreak begin to make its way to South Georgia.

District Epidemiologist Kenneth Lowery said typically, people do not start seeing signs until a week or two after exposure.

“I mean the best way to prepare for a situation like that is to be vaccinated. If you get yourself vaccinated, get your children vaccinated. That is the best way to eliminate that worry," said Lowery.

Lowery said the disease is highly contagious, especially if you are surrounded by those not vaccinated. He said the first symptoms are fever, running nose, inflammation of the eyes and a spreading rash.

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