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Fourth case of measles reported in Monroe County

A fourth case of the measles has been reported in Spencerport, the Monroe County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday.

The news comes less than week after two students from Canal View Elementary in the Spencerport school district had been diagnosed with the disease. The newest child is actually a neighbor of the two Canal View students, according to the Monroe County Department of Health.

The child, who is not vaccinated, has been quarantined at home since the health department suspected the child could be infected. This was done to prevent other unvaccinated people or those too young to be vaccinated from contracting the disease

Symptoms of measles generally appear in two stages. In the first stage, which lasts two to four days, the person may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103 to 105 degrees. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the inside of the mouth.

The second stage begins on the third to seventh day and consists of a red blotchy rash lasting five to six days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. The rash fades in the same order that it appeared, from head to extremities.

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