A Southington elementary school has issued a warning to families about a possible case of measles.
Derynoski Elementary School officials said someone with a possible case of measles may have exposed others at the school on April 26, 27 and 30, 2018. Testing has not yet confirmed the illness is measles, but administrators have issued the warning as a precaution.
If the case is measles, others may begin to develop measles symptoms anytime between Thursday and May 21.
Measles can spread quickly to those who are not vaccinated against it. Symptoms usually being with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat. After a few days a rash will develop, usually on the person’s face and hairline, and spreading down the body. Fever can spike to dangerous levels when the rash appears.
People with measles are contagious up to four days before the rash appears and up to four days after it appears.
Most people have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine, according to health officials. Anyone who is unsure of their vaccination status should check with his or her physician.
If you suspect you or your child has a case of measles, you should avoid public places and contact your health care provider before going into the office to avoid spreading the disease.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.