Number of SC measles cases rises to 6

Measles, stock photo. (Credit: MGN)

The number of measles cases in South Carolina has risen from three to six, according to the South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC says there are now six cases of measles in Spartanburg County, and the infected individuals visited urgent care facilities while they were infections.

Any one visited the following urgent care facilities is asked to call the Spartanburg County Health Dept. at 864-596-3337:

AFC at 1667 East Main Street Duncan, S.C. on Friday, Oct. 26 between 11:35 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

MEDcare Urgent Care at 301 E. Wood St. Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Greer Memorial Hospital Emergency Room at 830 S Buncombe Rd, Greer, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 10:08 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Measles can lead to hospitalization or death, DHEC says, and initial symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose, which is followed by a rash that persists for five to six days.

"I can't encourage people enough to review their immunization records and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations," said Dr. Linda Bell, DHEC's state epidemiologist. "The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated."

Previously, DHEC said the first three cases involved unvaccinated children.

Spartanburg residents can receive a free MMR vaccine by appointment until Nov. 21 at the Spartanburg County Health Department, located at 151 E. Wood St, Spartanburg, SC 29305. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment.

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