A case of measles has been confirmed in central Pennsylvania.
People who visit certain locations in York and Hershey, including several WellSpan facilities and the Hershey Theater, may be affected, according to a warning issued Saturday by Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine.
Measles that can be highly contaminated has been confirmed in a patient at WellSpan York Hospital.
The Department of Health has issued a list of places the patient has visited to alert those who may be exposed:
- Fuddruckers, 2300 E. Market St., York, on August 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- 15 Hershey Theater, 15 Caracas St., Hershey, on August 23 from 7:30 pm to 1:00 pm
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Hwy. York, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, Aug. 26
- near the lab from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m.
- near the imaging department from 1:30 to 6:30 pm
- near the emergency department from 6:15 to 1:45 am
- near the imaging department from 7 : 00 to 9:30 PM
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Highway Lincoln, York, August 28 from 10:45 to 14:00
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Highway, York, Aug. 29 from 9:50 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, Aug. 29, near Emergency Department is at 11:15 to 15:15
"A patient at WellSpan York Hospital has a confirmed case of measles that can be highly contagious," Levine said in a news release. "WellSpan Health is in the process of notifying patients, staff and visitors who have either been to WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center or WellSpan York Hospital during the designated time and areas of the building; however, if you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting ill is minimal. If you think you may be outdoors and have symptoms, please contact your doctor or call our toll free telephone line at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. "
A measles outbreak, including the Lancaster case, is an additional cause for vaccinating students this year, officials say.
This is the 14th case. of measles in Pennsylvania this year. More than 1,200 were reported in the United States this year, making it the highest number of cases recorded since 1992
coughing, sneezing, or other mucus contact "or infection of an infected person," according to the State Department of Health. "Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure and include: rash; fever; cough; and red, watery eyes."
According to Prevention Centers and disease control most at risk are infants under 1 year of age who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine, people who have refused vaccination, and people from parts of the world with poor coverage of measles vaccination or spread .
People who have been vaccinated may still be at risk if they have been vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine used from 1963 to 1967 and have not been re-vaccinated, or people who were born after 1957 and received only one dose of MMR vaccine.
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