by George Koch III
The Observer has always been and will always be a source for local Hampton Falls news. However, with a case of the measles being reported by someone who was spending the day at Hampton beach and with our close proximity to the beach, parents should be mindful that if they were on or visited Hampton beach on July 9th it is advisable to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of the measles and to seek professional health care if you suspect an illness.
According to the CDC, the period from exposure to the first symptoms can be between 10-12 days (also known as the incubation period). Seek medical care if you notice the following:
- Fever that increases often peaking as high as 103-105F,
- Cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis,
- Rash with tiny red spots that usually are seen on the head first and then traveling downward and outward towards the hands and feet,
- Anorexia, diarrhea (especially in infants), and swelling of the lymph nodes,
This advisory is mainly for families who have traveled to Hampton Beach on July 9th and who have not had their measles vaccination (typically in the form of the MMR and more information here from the CDC).
If you have any questions, please consult with your family physician. In an emergency dial 911 or head to your nearest hospital emergency department.