An international traveler with measles may have exposed some residents of Las Vegas to illness during a visit earlier this month, the Southern Nevada Health District reported Friday.
The patient, whose vaccination status was unknown on Friday, visited Las Vegas between 9 and 11 March, the district said in a press release.
A possible exposure could have occurred between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm on March 9 at Treasure Island and between 11:00 pm and 10:00 am to 6:00 am at the emergency room of Desert Springs Hospital.
"The risk of disease is low for people who have previously been vaccinated against measles or (previously) diagnosed with the disease," said a press release. The warning was sent "so that the inhabitants of the valley have the opportunity to receive a measles vaccine."
If someone develops symptoms, they are urged to contact their doctor before visiting a clinic, so the discharge.
Measles is highly contagious. Symptoms typically develop one to two weeks after exposure and may include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
A few days after the onset of symptoms, a rash breaks out that often spreads from head to toe.
Measles vaccinations are highly effective, according to the health district. Despite concerns that have spread in social media and in fraudulent research studies that the measles vaccine can cause autism, research has shown that the vaccine is safe.
However, measles infection can lead to long-term complications and even death. 1
For more information about vaccinations, call the Southern Nevada Health District at 702-759-0850.
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