DHHS investigating measles outbreak in Orange, Stokes counties - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

DHHS investigating measles outbreak in Orange, Stokes counties

Posted: Updated:
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

    NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:44:23 GMT
    A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
    A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
  • SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

    SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:56 GMT
    Garten and Schultz..Garten and Schultz..
    Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
    Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
  • VIDEO: Panic as shark charges swimmers at beach

    VIDEO: Panic as shark charges swimmers at beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:58:18 GMT
    Dan Flynn imageDan Flynn image
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape. “This just happened off Navarre Beach Pier... 10 ft hammerhead going right at a swimmer and lifeguard.....insane!” wrote Dan Flynn, who posted the video to Facebook.
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape. “This just happened off Navarre Beach Pier... 10 ft hammerhead going right at a swimmer and lifeguard.....insane!” wrote Dan Flynn, who posted the video to Facebook.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating seven cases of measles in Orange and Stokes counties.

Local public health departments are contacting people who may have been exposed to these cases and will provide them with a vaccine to limit the spread of infection. 

"Measles is very uncommon in North Carolina, so many people aren't aware of the symptoms," said Dr. Laura Gerald, State Health Director. "Measles spreads quickly, particularly in children and adults who aren't vaccinated.  We want to make the public aware of this outbreak so individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their families."

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.  It also can be transmitted through contact with secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person.

Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough. After a few days, a rash appears on the head and spreads over the entire body. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children.

Although the early symptoms of measles can be similar to those of many other infections, Dr. Gerald recommends that anyone with fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough, should stay at home and limit contact with others to avoid spreading illness. 

If you develop a rash or if your symptoms worsen, call your doctor or seek medical care. 

Powered by WorldNow

101 McDonald Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Telephone: 843.293.1301
Fax: 843.293.1760
Email: news@wbtw.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company