Warning After Possible Measles Exposure in Pa.

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 5:44 PM EDT
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Ask the Doctor: Local Measles Outbreak

A man with measles visited a slew of local places.

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Ask the Doctor: Local Measles Outbreak

Since a person infected with measles traveled to four local counties, the doc gives tips to avoid and manage measles, including who's at risk and who's not.
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Someone infected with measles visited various locations in at least four counties causing the Pennsylvania Department of Health to issue a warning Tuesday.

State health officials issued the warning that a person infected with the measles visited locations in Berks, Bucks, Delaware and Lehigh Counties.

They say an un-vaccinated person was exposed to someone with the measles in Morgantown on July 11. The unidentified person then visited several locations including the Chick-fil-A on Perkiomen Avenue in Exeter Township on July 21, the Starbucks on Baltimore Pike in Media on July 22 and the Hot Spot Restaurant in Doylestown on July 22.

Many Americans received the MMR immunization that protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Symptoms of measles include ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia and possibly death, officials say.

If you or your children are at risk for measles and become ill with symptoms one to two weeks after possible exposure, you should contact your health care provider immediately and tell them that you’ve been exposed to measles so that precautions can be taken to avoid exposing anyone else and the cause of illness can be determined.

Health care providers who treat patients with suspected cases of measles should immediately call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for consultation and to arrange testing.


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