SOUTHINGTON -School officials warned parents Wednesday of a possible case of measles late last month at Derynoski Elementary School.
A letter was sent to parents and school staff by Superintendent Tim Connellan.
Marie Bordonaro, the nursing supervisor, said exposure to the contagious disease may have occurred on April 26, 27 and 30. The case has not been confirmed and she said she would be updating parents and staff.
“If this case is confirmed, any individuals who may have been exposed might develop symptoms between May 3 and May 21,” wrote Bordonaro. “Because measles is a highly contagious disease, it can spread quickly among unvaccinated people. However, the majority of people exposed to measles are not at risk of developing the disease since most people have either been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine.”
Bordonaro said measles vaccination is highly effective.
“One dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of vaccine recipients. A second dose increases protection to about 99 percent,” wrote Bordonaro. “People who have had measles in the past or who have been vaccinated against measles are considered immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Measles spreads when an infected person breathes, sneezes or coughs. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 14 days after exposure, although they may occur in as few as 7 or as many as 21 days.
“If you have a fever and a rash and you think you might have measles, you should avoid public settings and telephone your medical professional,” Bordonaro wrote in her letter.
For additional information about measles, visit the Department of Public Health at ct.gov/dph/immunizations or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/measles or call the state Immunization Department at 860-509-7929.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.