Call the toll-free Measles Hotline 855-598-2246 for answers to general measles questions. If you have symptoms or medical concerns about measles, contact your local health department or healthcare provider. For more information about measles visit the CDC website.
Measles is a disease caused by a highly contagious virus. People with measles spread the virus through the air when they cough, sneeze, or breathe.
Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and rash. Koplik spots (tiny white spots inside the mouth) can appear 2 to 3 days after symptoms begin. Some people who become sick with measles also get a serious lung infection, such as pneumonia. Although severe cases are rare, measles can cause swelling of the brain and even death. Measles can be especially severe in infants, pregnant women, and in people who have weakened immune systems.
Measles is a vaccine preventable disease. Learn more about vaccine schedules and recommentations:
KDPH Immunization Outreach
CDC| Vaccines and Preventable Diseases
Health officials urge anyone who may have been exposed to check their immunization records and confirm they are protected against measles. Kentucky residents can access their immunization records through the Kentucky Immunization Registry Public Portal at chfs.ky.gov/KDPHMyVaxRecord.