A person with a confirmed measles case made two stops in Alabama two weeks ago, the Alabama Department of Health reported Wednesday.

According to the department, health officials in Alabama were informed that on April 11, the person later found to have measles stopped at D & J Travel Plaza, 651 Highway 28, W, Livingston, at 2:20 p.m. to purchase food and gas. Then at 5:54 p.m., the person entered at Chick-fil-A, 1824 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne, to order food.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “If you suspect you were exposed, it is important for you to call your healthcare provider before being seen in his or her office, follow instructions for reporting, and practice social isolation if you develop any of the signs and symptoms of measles.”

Symptoms of measles appear 7 to 14 days after a person is infected. Common early symptoms include:

-- High fever, up to 105 degrees F

-- Cough

-- Runny nose

-- Red or watery eyes

Two to three days after symptoms begin, an infected person may have tiny white spots appear inside of the mouth.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, the infected person could also have:

-- A rash of flat red spots appear on the face and spread to the neck, chest, arms, legs and feet.

-- Small raised bumps may appear on the flat red spots.

Measles is very contagious and may live up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces after an infected person coughs or sneezes.

• People can spread measles to others 4 days before and 4 days after the rash appears.

• Measles is spread from person-to-person through

-- Coughing and sneezing

-- Touching items and surfaces the infected person has coughed or sneezed on.

• The best prevention against measles is receiving 2 doses of MMR vaccine.

• If you are exposed, not up-to-date, or have unknown MMR vaccine history, please contact your doctor or pharmacist to get vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious and can be serious in all age groups. Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from measles complications. Common complications may include ear infections, hearing loss, and diarrhea. Severe complications may include pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and death. One measles case is also expected to result in 12-18 additional cases. Up to 20-30 percent of infected people have complications from the disease.

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