April 5, 2019
Fowler, Deputy Director, Office of
McCabe, Director, Office of Communications,
Measles Case Confirmed; Possible Exposures in Baltimore Area
Those potentially exposed are cautioned to be aware of symptoms
Baltimore, MD – On
April 5, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) confirmed a measles case in a
The Department wants to inform
anyone who visited 4000 Old Court Road
in Pikesville, MD on Tuesday, April
2 in Baltimore County that they may have been exposed to measles. Possible
exposure times were from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. that day. Individuals who may have been exposed at additional
locations are being notified directly.
Measles is a contagious
vaccine-preventable viral infection which is easily spread to unvaccinated
persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. The measles
virus may remain in the air for up to two hours.
People, especially those who are
not vaccinated against measles, who were at 4000 Old Court Rd should
monitor themselves for any early symptoms of measles, especially fever. People
who develop a fever or other symptoms of measles should contact their health
care provider. Those with symptoms should not go to child care, school, work or
out in public, as they might have the early symptoms of measles and might be
contagious. People with these symptoms should call their doctor about their symptoms before showing up in the waiting
room so that the office can take measures to prevent spread to other
Measles symptoms typically develop
10-14 days after exposure to the virus, but can develop as soon as seven days
and as long as 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms of measles are fever more
than 101F; runny nose; cough; and red, watery eyes. Usually, one to four days
after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the
rest of the body. A person with measles is contagious beginning four days
before the rash appears until four days after the rash begins. People are
considered immune to measles if they were born in the United States before
1957, previously had measles or have had two measles vaccine shots.
Those who are most at risk of
complications from measles infection are: pregnant women, infants less than one
year old, and those who are immune compromised. Such persons who might have
been exposed on April 2 should consult with their healthcare provider to see
whether or not treatment with a medicine called immune globulin, which can help
prevent measles if given within six days of exposure, is indicated.
There was one confirmed measles
case reported in Maryland in 2018, which was a travel-related case imported
from the country of Georgia.
Additional information is available
on the CDC website here.
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health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to
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