Parents are concerned about a confirmed case of measles in the Barren River District Health Department.


BOWLING GREEN, KY. (WBKO) — One case of measles has been confirmed in a young child living in the Barren River District Health Department. Parents of some of the children who may have been exposed have concerns.

"It was the Barren County Health Department and they told us" we just wanted to inform you that your child was exposed to measles, he was at the clinic at the same time as the child who was had measles, "said Tatiana Gonzalez, her son was exposed to measles.

"Well, I know it's the Barren County River District that called, but that does not limit it.I do not know if the child lives in Warren County, in Barren County. , who knows?" says Mandy Morine, the son has been exposed to measles.

According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health, this child, who is not immunized, recently left the country for a measles-endemic area.

Another mother of Bowling Green was informed that her two-month-old son had also been exposed.

"I never thought it would happen, that I had to pay attention to my son, I mean, it's not really a threat to life, but it could be," said Gonzalez.

They were seen at the Graves Gilbert Clinic near Ashley Circle, Bowling Green, when they were exposed to the child presenting the confirmed case.

"Immediately, I was like, but he had all his vaccines, so he should be fine," said Morine.

However, the measles vaccine or the MMR vaccine are not given to children before the age of 1 year and the second until the age of 4 years.

"It was a bit shocking," said Morine.

All patients in the Barren River District Health Department were notified and given a list of symptoms to watch for.

"Look for fever, more than a day of fever, look for the rash starting with the head and down through the torso and arms and legs, tearing in the eyes, a nose that really flows, a cough as well, "said Morine.

The Ministry of Health says that a child who has been exposed should avoid children and anyone with a compromised immune system, such as the elderly or those with autoimmune problems.

"I'm glad to know, I'm happy to watch for that, I would have liked to know earlier," Morine said.

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