A case of measles has been confirmed in central Pennsylvania.
People who have visited certain places in York and Hershey, including several WellSpan facilities and the Hershey Theater, could be affected, as one Saturday, by the Secretary of Health of Pennsylvania, Rachel Levine, said contagious, said one patient confirmed at WellSpan York Hospital.
The Department of Health has issued a list of places where the patient had visited those who may have been exposed:
- Fuddruckers, 2300 E. Market St., York, on August 22 from 5.30 to 8.30 pm
- Hershey Theater, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on August 23 from 7:30 pm to 1 am
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Hwy. York, Aug. 26, 10 to 13:30
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, August 26
- Near the Laboratory from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: 45 pm
- near the imaging department from 1:30 to 6:30 pm
- near the emergency room from 6:15 to 1:45 pm
- near the image capture from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market Street, Lincoln Highway, York, on August 28 from 10:45 to 14:00.
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market Street, Lincoln Highway, York, on August 29, 9:50
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, on August 29 near The Emergency Room from 11:15 to 15:15
"A Patient at WellSpan York Hospital has a confirmed case of measles that can be very contagious," Levine said in a press release. "WellSpan Health is currently alerting patients, staff and visitors at well-established times and in certain areas of the building at WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center or WellSpan York Hospital. However, if you have been properly immunized against measles, the risk of contracting this disease is minimal. If you think you have been exposed and have symptoms, please contact your doctor or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
A measles outbreak that included the Lancaster case is another reason to vaccinate students this year, according to the authorities.
This is the 14th case of measles in Pennsylvania this year. In the United States, more than 1,200 cases were reported this year, the highest number since 1992.
"Measles are highly contagious but vaccine-preventable diseases that spread through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person," said the Department of Health. "The symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure and include: rash, high fever, cough and red, watery eyes."
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, infants under 1 year of age are at the greatest risk to receive the MMR vaccine, those who have refused vaccination, and those from other parts of the world in which a low vaccination rate or measles are in circulation.
Persons who have been vaccinated could still be at risk if vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine used from 1963 to 1967 and not re-vaccinated or those born after 1957 and only one dose of MMR Vaccine.
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