Measles case confirmed in Orange County

February 25, 2014 5:25:24 AM PST
A measles advisory has been issued in Orange County after health officials confirmed that a resident there has illness.

Anyone with a rash and fever is asked to call their medical provider or the emergency room before going for care.

That way, others are not exposed in a waiting room.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

Symptoms you should look out for include watery eyes, a runny nose, coughing, high fever and a rash. Those symptoms usually appear within 10 to 12 days after a person is exposed.

High risk groups include women who are pregnant, children under 6 months of age, those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body cannot fight disease) or those who may have not been vaccinated against the measles.

Measles is an extremely infectious disease spread by coughing, sneezing or personal contact. It causes a fever, cough and a rash on the body. Most people who contract the disease recover, but it can be fatal.