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CHAMPAIGN–A case of the measles has been officially diagnosed in Champaign County and State Senator Scott Bennett is stressing the importance for Illinoisans to understand the risks and treatment for the virus. 

“The measles virus is dangerous and can have serious consequences,” Bennett (D-Champaign) said. “But with proper preventive methods and treatment in the event of infection, patients will likely not have any need for concern. If you aren’t sure you’ve been vaccinated against measles, you should check with a physician or contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.”

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported one local case of the highly contagious measles virus. The patient was admitted to the emergency room Jan. 19, and tests confirmed last week that the patient had the infection, according to Public Health officials.

The Health District also sent out a list of locations the patient had visited between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, and where the patient may have possibly exposed others to the virus.

Measles is spread through the air through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and red eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

Prevention remains the best way to avoid contracting the measles virus. The current vaccination combats against measles, mumps and rubella. While it is possible in many cases to survive the measles viral infection, complications may arise from improper treatment. Children under five are the most likely to die from a case of measles, according to the World Health Organization.

If you are concerned you or someone you know have contracted the measles virus, please call your health care provider and contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (217) 352-7961.

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