Vermont Health Officials Say Measles Suspected

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Vermont health officials say the state may have a measles case.

The state Department of Health says a young Washington County child has a suspected case of the highly contagious viral disease. The child’s name, age and hometown aren’t being released.

Though it hasn’t been confirmed, officials are urging caution.

They say anyone who was at a McDonald’s restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Barre between 5:30 and 9 p.m. last Thursday or at a barbecue at the East Barre Fire Department on Sunday should contact their health provider if they were born after 1957, haven’t had measles before and aren’t fully vaccinated against it.

Measles acts like a cold, with a cough, high fever, runny nose and watery eyes. In some people, it can cause serious complications or death.

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