Residents who visited one of four public places in Allentown last week may have been exposed to measles, according to the Pennsylvania Health Minister.
The Minister of Health Rachel Levine said the exposure had been at these times. Dates and Locations:
- Monday, October 7, 9:30 am to 11:45 pm at 7350 Office Building, 7350 Tilghman St., South Whitehall Township
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- Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 to 10:30, Quest Diagnostics, 1608 W. Allen St., Allentown.
- Saturday, October 12, 9:15 to 11:45 am in or near the Lehigh Valley Hospital Emergency Department, 1200 S Cedar Crest Boulevard, Salisbury Township.
"A patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital suffers from a confirmed measles case that can be very contagious," Levine said in a press release.
If you were vaccinated against measles, your risk of contracting it is low, she said. If you think you were exposed and have symptoms, call your doctor or the state's toll-free hotline: 877-PA-HEALTH.
According to her, 16 measles cases were confirmed in Pennsylvania in 2019. The Centers for Prevention and Control of Disease and Prevention reported 1,250 cases in the United States this year. This is the largest number of cases reported in the US since 1992.
The symptoms of measles usually occur one to three weeks after exposure. They include rash; high fever; To cough; and red, watery eyes.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the most vulnerable are:
- infants under one year of age who are too young to get measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine;
- Persons who refused vaccination; and
- individuals from parts of the world with low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.
For more information on measles, visit the Ministry of Health's website at www.health.pa.gov or follow the Health Department on Facebook or Twitter .