Maine health officials investigate 1st measles case in 20 years

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the state's first confirmed measles case since 1990.

Health officials identified the illness in an individual who recently traveled outside of the United States where he or she was likely exposed to the virus. No additional cases have been detected.

"The Maine CDC is working with clinicians to identify potentially exposed individuals and make appropriate recommendations to prevent transmission," said State Epidemiologist Siiri Bennett, MD.

Measles is a highly communicable virus characterized by a fever, runny nose, cough and a red rash that covers the body. Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing the measles, according to the CDC.

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