COBB COUNTY, Ga. — State health officials confirm a metro Atlanta child has a case of the measles. Authorities said the unvaccinated student may have exposed others to the measles at school.
Cobb and Douglas Public Health said that a student with measles was present at Mabry Middle School on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Officials are notifying people who may have been exposed to the virus between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.
Channel 2's Tom Regan learned the student and other non-vaccinated students, and at least one adult, are being told to stay away for 21-days.
People who have symptoms of measles should contact their health care provider immediately.
"DO NOT go to the doctor’s office, the hospital, or a public health clinic without FIRST calling to let them know about your symptoms. Health care providers who suspect measles in a patient should notify public health immediately," the department said in a release.
The virus typically starts with a fever followed by a cough, runny nose and red eyes. A rash of tiny, red spots will start at the head and spread to the rest of the body.
“It’s one of the most contagious diseases known to man,” said WellStar Kennestone Hospital Dr. Maren Bear.
Parents said the news of the case is worrying.
“I think it's terrifying. I have a baby at home, she's in the process of getting her vaccinations,” said parent Mary Tatum.
This is the eighth confirmed case in Georgia this year. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about the measles here.
“We don’t have a treatment for measles, only supportive care,” Bear said.
A district spokesperson sent Channel 2 Action News the following statement:
“Over the weekend, we were told by the Georgia Department of Public Health a student at Mabry had been diagnosed with measles. Mabry parents have been communicated with and any student who is at risk will not be allowed in school through November 22nd. The unaffected teachers and students remain focused on teaching and learning while affected students and families are supported by Public Health.”
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