Georgia confirms first case of measles

Georgia confirms first case of measles

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Health officials confirmed the state's first reported case of measles since 2012 on Monday, after an infected infant arrived from outside the U.S.

According to a report, the Georgia Department of Public Health said the child was being cared for at Egleston at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the hospital to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient and prevent further spread of the disease.

Measles is a serious respiratory disease and is highly contagious. It spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and respiratory droplets travel through the air. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours.

There is no cure for measles, but it can be prevented through vaccination.

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