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Measles Outbreak

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Measles Outbreak Measles Outbreak

What is the measles?

The measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola. This virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include: blotchy rash, fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis), feeling run down, achy (malaise), tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots).  A typical case begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and sore throat. Two or three days after symptoms begin, Koplik’s spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after the start of symptoms, a red or reddish-brown rash appears. The rash usually begins on a person’s face at the hairline and spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades. 


About one out of 10 children with it also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. About one out of 1,000 gets encephalitis, and one or two out of 1,000 die. While it is almost gone from the United States, it still kills nearly 200,000 people each year around the world. It can also make a pregnant woman have a miscarriage or give birth prematurely.

The virus is highly contagious and can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

The virus lives in the mucus in the nose and throat of the infected person. When that person sneezes or coughs, droplets spray into the air. The droplets can get into other people’s noses or throats when they breathe or put their fingers in their mouth or nose after touching an infected surface. The virus can live on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours. Measles is a disease of humans; the virus is not spread by any other animal species.

What to do if your home or business is infected?

Contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford to come and fully disinfect your home and/or business. We have a specific product called SERVPROXIDE™  it is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide based disinfectant and sanitizer. It carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating, requires no PPE for general purpose use and is safe for everyday use. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces. 

Allow us to make it "Like it never even happened." by calling SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford today at 914-358-9000.

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