The Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

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One of the first signs of measles is Koplik spots, or tiny white blisters that appear in the mouth first. This means that dentists and hygienists are on the lookout for measles and can probably spot it before anyone else.

Recent outbreaks started this past December at Disneyland. Suddenly, it’s not the happiest place on earth anymore! But, it is a small world, because these measles outbreaks have spread to six states and Mexico.

Marea White DDS Measles

World Health Day

In honor of World Health Day, we thought we’d take a moment to define ways to combat the spread of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted through saliva. The dangerous thing about this disease is that the infected saliva can live on a doorknob or sink faucet for about two hours. That’s a pretty long window for exposure!

Dentists and hygienists work with the public all day long while wearing gloves and face masks. We are protected. But, everyone should be on the lookout for the symptoms and practice safe hygiene techniques.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Use a tissue when you sneeze.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and handles in your home.

Protecting Yourself and Others

Usually, Koplik spots are accompanied by a high fever and a rash that starts on your face and neck and eventually covers the rest of your body.

If you experience Koplik spots before a fever, you may think it’s an oral issue and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Actually, you need to see your primary care physician.

It’s not that we don’t want to see you! We do! We also want to keep you and all of our patients healthy.

Visit our website to schedule an appointment with us today!
~Dr. Marea White