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Measles Case Confirmed in the Baltimore Area

A case of measles was confirmed April 5th in the Baltimore area of Maryland. Measles is spread from person-to-person by airborne droplets or direct contact with respiratory secretions of an infected individual.

Individuals who visited 4000 Old Court Road in Pikesville, MD between 9am to 1pm, Tuesday April 2nd may have been exposed. People, especially those who are not vaccinated against measles, who were at this location should monitor themselves for any early symptoms of measles, especially fever. People who develop a fever or other symptoms of measles (cough, red eyes, and rash) should contact their health care provider.

Anyone who suspects they have measles or may have been exposed should call their doctor about their symptoms before showing up in the waiting room so that the office can take measures to prevent spread to other patients. They should not attend childcare, school, work, or other public places until they are no longer contagious.

Measles is highly contagious in people who are unvaccinated. An infected person can spread measles from 4 days before to 4 days after a rash develops.  The measles vaccine is given routinely as part of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 to 15 months and 4 years through 6 years of age. Two doses of vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing the disease.

If you are not sure if you are vaccinated, please do not go to an Emergency Room for a vaccine – you should call your health care provider. 

Vaccines are also available at Baltimore City health department during the week; visit their website for a calendar for April for the Baltimore City Health Department clinics

For additional information about measles, please visit: 
https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/index.html
http://health.maryland.gov

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