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The health department said measles can be deadly in one to two out of every 1,000 cases. The 43-year-old woman reportedly developed encephalitis-swelling of the brain-a potentially deadly, severe complication of a virus that was once thought to be eradicated in North America, but is now experiencing a national resurgence.

"The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring", according to the health department.

Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine.

Knipel said that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the vaccination of children violated their religious belief-as they had no affidavit of a religious official.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth, typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spread over the body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines three or more cases linked in time or place as an outbreak. Although deaths from measles in the USA are rare, the CDC reports that about one or two in every 1,000 people who get measles will die. We want to take this opportunity to reiterate the position articulated by the OU and RCA regarding the vital importance of timely vaccinations for all of our children in order to prevent the spread of disease.

The woman was vaccinated as a child but received only one dose, which is only about 93% effective.

As long as you've been vaccinated, there's nothing that you need to do about the situation.

The Maryland cases join scores of new ones recorded recently across the nation. Here are some frequent questions about the highly contagious virus, the vaccine and what to do if you are exposed to measles with answers provided by the CDC. However, we can turn the tide by people getting vaccinated, especially before Passover when families and communities will gather.

If you were not at any of these locations during the above dates and times, you are not considered at risk for this measles exposure, Public Health advises.

You could get a blood test to check if you're immune, but the vaccine is less invasive and less costly.