BOWLING GREEN, KY. (WBKO) — A case of measles has been confirmed in a young child living in the Barren River District Health Department region. Parents of some of the children who may have been exposed to concerns.
"It was Barren County Health Department and they like," we just wanted to let you know that your child was exposed to the measles, he was in the clinic the same time as the child who did the measles, "said Tatiana Gonzalez, son was exposed to measles.
"Well, I know that this was Barren County River District, but it doesn't really matter. I don't know if the child lives in Warren County, Barren County, who knows?" said Mandy Morine, son was exposed to measles.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health says the child, who is unvaccinated, recently traveled out of the country to an area where measles is endemic. Another Bowling Green mother was notified that her two-month-old son was also exposed.
"I never thought anything like that was going to happen, that I was going to have to watch out for my son. I mean, it's not really life-threatening, but it could be," said Gonzalez.
They were seen at the Graves Gilbert Clinic off of Ashley Circle in Bowling Green when they were exposed to the child with the confirmed case.
"Immediately, I was like, but he's had all his vaccinations, so he should be ok," said Morine.
But the, measles or MMR vaccination is not given until children are one-year-old and the second not until a child is four.
"That was a little jarring," said Morine.
Every patient within the Barren River District Health Department's jurisdiction was notified and given a list of symptoms to look out for.
"To look for the fever, more than one day of the fever, to look for the rash starting with the head and extending down through the torso and through the arms and legs, watering in his eyes, a really runny nose , a cough as well, "said Morine.
The Health Department says it is a child who has been exposed to avoid children and anyone with a compromised immune system such as elderly or any with autoimmune issues.
"I'm happy to know, I'm happy to be watching for it, I would have liked to have known soons," said Morine.