Third measles case confirmed in Connecticut

- FILE - Child with Measles

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — A third case of measles has been confirmed in Connecticut, and health officials are trying to get in touch with anyone who may have been part of a playgroup at Branford’s Blackstone Library.

The Department of Public Health said the person with the measles is an adult who went to a Monday morning playgroup at the library last week. Health officials are trying to contact anyone who was there.

DPH said the adult lives in New Haven County.

In February, an infant and an adult living in Fairfield County were confirmed infected with the highly contagious disease. All three have recovered and the cases do not appear to be linked.

Public Health Commissioner Jewell Mullen said the cases point to the need for people to be vaccinated for measles.

While most residents have been vaccinated, Mullen said it’s important for people to know their vaccination status and be aware of the signs and symptoms, which typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person.A typical case begins with:

  • fever
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • red eyes
  • sore throat

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