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Schools warn parents after 2 confirmed cases of measles reported in CT

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut school systems are on high alert after a recent outbreak of measles. There have been two separate confirmed cases of the disease.

An adult, whose age was not provided, and an infant both in Fairfield County came down with the measles, according to officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

It may start out with a fever or a cough - symptoms that seem to point to the common cold - but doctors said those signs could be the measles.

"Over those next two to four days you will have bright red eyes you will have a runny nose, you'll have a cough," said Thad King, director of public health

The painful rash is a telltale sign of measles and the bright red bumps can spread all over the body.

While health officials said they're still working to find the source of the virus, school districts across the state are notifying parents about the outbreak.

A letter was sent home to parents in Regional School District No. 14 and stated "please be advised of the signs and symptoms and act accordingly."

"Nurses should know, parents should know it's important," said parent Judy Burg. 

King said school nurses in his area including Middletown, East Hampton and Portland know what to look for.

"The school nurses are already aware of and keep track of flu-like symptoms and if there is any potential case, they'll follow the guidelines the Department of Public Health has issued out," King said.

While most students are vaccinated, King said there are always a number who are not and those are the ones who are at risk.

"Those individuals would be the primary focus of concern," King said. 

Experts said these new cases are a good reminder for parents that measles are still around.

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