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The Wiesbaden Health Clinic confirmed Thursday that three children in the Wiesbaden military community have measles.

Pending a blood test result, a fourth case may also be confirmed, said Dr. (Capt.) Doug Badzik, deputy commander for clinical services at Wiesbaden Health Clinic.

None of the four had been vaccinated.

Symptoms of the disease include a fever between 103 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a rash beginning at the hairline and continuing down the rest of the body, cough, runny nose and, in some cases, conjunctivitis.

Measles is normally prefvented with a vaccination given between 12 to 15 months of age and 4 to 6 years of age. Due to the number of confirmed cases, however, medical officials are now strongly recommending that infants 6 to 12 months old receive the vaccine.

Children 12 months and older that have received only one dose of the vaccine should immediately receive a second dose, provided that the first dose was given at least four weeks ago, Badzik said.

People with weakened immune systems that have had contact with a confirmed case of measles, such as pregnant women, chemotherapy patients or persons who are HIV-positive, should contact their community health nurse.

The Wiesbaden Health Clinic will offer vaccinations during the clinic’s normal hours from Monday through April 16.


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