Measles Case Confirmed In Indiana

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Measles Case Confirmed In Indiana

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in the central part of the state.

The department is currently working to confirm anymore cases of measles in the state and have released the following locations as places where people may have been exposed:

· July 17, 1:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

St. Vincent Immediate Care Center
10801 N. Michigan Road, Suite 110
Zionsville, IN 46077

*This Center shares a waiting room with other physicians.

· July 18, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ocean World Restaurant
1206 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

· July 19, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

July 22, 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

St. Vincent Carmel Hospital Emergency Department
13500 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032

· July 20, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

July 21, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

St. Vincent Outpatient Treatment Center
11455 N. Meridian St., Suite 210
Carmel, IN 46032

The following information is from the Indiana State Department of Health:

Background and Vaccine
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to the widespread availability of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, however visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected before or during travel.

More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at 1 year of age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten, but children as young as 6 months old can receive the measles vaccine if they are at risk.

Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about 7 to 10 days after exposure. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees. Two to four days later, a rash starts on the face and upper neck. It spreads down the back and trunk, and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about five days, the rash fades the same order in which it appeared.

Measles is highly contagious. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air. Those droplets remain active and contagious in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

What you can do
If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your doctor. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. If you are ill with measles, remain home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems and pregnant women.

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