Why measles can be tricky to initially diagnose

Why measles can be tricky to initially diagnose

AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - After further investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it turns out there was not a confirmed case of measles in Alabama. Doctors say that because of the initial symptoms it could be a little tricky to diagnose.

“Individuals may have a fever, a dry cough, watery eyes, sore throat and we see this in the urgent care center quite frequently,” said Stopwatch Urgent Care’s Dr. Oscar Almeida.

Almeida says once you get past the initial symptoms, that’s when you start noticing the things that people normally associate with the measles, and that’s a rash from head to toe.

“Within several days, usually two to five days, they will develop spots inside their gums called Koplik Spots, and these are reddish sometimes whitish with bluish tint to them and within a couple of days following that then an individual will develop the measles rash,” Almeida said.

Almeida says the virus is airborne, meaning that you could contract it hours after someone that’s infected has left a room.

“Vaccination is the key," said Almeida. "The MMR is the appropriate medium to prevent this.”

Doctors say that if you think you’ve contracted the measles virus, call a medical professional before visiting the office to avoid potentially putting others at risk.

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