The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is investigating a case of measles at Hampton Beach on July 9th. Officials say that after an individual visited Hampton Beach, they became infected with the measles virus and was contagious during the visit from approximately noon to 6:00PM. The person spent time on the beach and other locations along Ocean Boulevard. No additional cases have been related to this case. The incubation period for measles from the time of exposure is typically 10 -14 days, but can be as long as 21 days.
DHHS is encouraging people who were at Hampton Beach the afternoon of July 9th to monitor themselves for symptoms. Symptoms of measles infection usually start with high fever, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis several days before development of a body rash. Anybody who feels sick should call their healthcare provider before going to a healthcare facility.
Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist said although measles are very contagious and can be transmitted through the air, DHHS does not expect a large break out because of the high vaccination rate in NH. This situation is a good reminder for people to check their own vaccination status to make sure they are protected against future infection.
For more information about the Measles exposure at Hampton Beach, please visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/documents/hampton-beach-measles-faq.pdf.
For more information about measles prevention, download the DHHS Measles Fact Sheet at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/measles.pdf, visit the DHHS Immunization Program webpage at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/, and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/measles/.