Health Department: Allegheny Co. Resident Diagnosed With Measles

Henrietta Strickland
May 1, 2019

The person, who was not identified, is the sixth LA County resident to contract measles so far this year and one of more than 700 nationwide.

Officials alerted residents on Tuesday of possible measles exposure sites after confirming the first case of measles among Orange County residents this year.

The measles patient, a Placentia resident in her 20s, was diagnosed after a recent trip overseas to a country "experiencing widespread measles activity", the O.C. Health Care Agency said in a news release.

The Allegheny County Health Department said Tuesday that an adult, who is not vaccinated, was treated and discharged from the UPMC Shadyside emergency room on Monday and is now recovering at home.

Nate Wardle, spokesman for the state Department of Health, said this is the only confirmed case of measles in the state this year.

"Do not go directly to the office, urgent care center or emergency room, as this may expose other persons", Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker said in a statement. April 25 from 11 p.m. - April 26 at 4 a.m.

"There could be potential for exposures and for more cases based on this exposure especially at a grocery store where there may be children there that are too young to be vaccinated", Adalja said. People are encouraged to be up-to-date with their vaccinations.

"It's not surprising that we had a case in Pittsburgh", he said.

Two people who returned to Southern California from overseas were infected with measles, health officials said Tuesday, emphasizing the travelers were not connected to other cases that prompted quarantines involving hundreds of people at two Los Angeles universities.

"I don't think there's any harm in somebody getting a second dose of the vaccine", he said. Symptoms would be seen between now and May 20.

Measles is highly contagious and could become very severe causing fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes.

The now experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1994, with more than 700 cases confirmed across the nation as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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