of Health Advisory: Possible Measles Exposure in Dauphin County
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of
Health is advising the public of potential exposure to a case of measles, a
vaccine-preventable disease, in Dauphin County.
A person who likely has measles may
have exposed other people to the disease on the following dates at these
southcentral Pennsylvania locations and times:
- Kohl’s, 5125 Jonestown Rd.,
Harrisburg: Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
- Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 6150
Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg: Sunday, May 25, Noon service
- Harrisburg International Airport,
1 Terminal Dr., Middletown: Monday, May 26, 4 a.m. to 10
the vaccine for measles is highly effective, the following groups of
individuals are at risk of becoming infected if they have had contact with an
- Infants less than one year of
age who are too young to have received the measles, mumps and rubella
- Individuals who were vaccinated
with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and
have not been revaccinated;
- Individuals born after 1957 who
have only received one dose of MMR vaccine;
- Individuals who refused
- Individuals from parts of the
world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.
caused by a highly contagious virus. Symptoms will begin one to two weeks after
exposure and include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever. After
four days, a raised, red rash starts to spread on the face, down the body and
out to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts four to seven days.
individual with measles can spread the virus to others for four days before and
four days after the rash begins. It is spread by sneezing or coughing, touching
contaminated objects, and direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions.
Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for up to
from measles can include ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia, inflammation of
the brain, and even death. Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature
delivery in pregnant women.
vaccine can help prevent infection if it is given within three days of
exposure. If it has been more than three days since your exposure, a dose of
immune globulin can provide protection up to six days after exposure.
There is no
risk in getting an additional dose of the MMR vaccine for individuals who may
have already received it.
Pennsylvania Department of Health urges all residents to be vaccinated against
measles. The MMR vaccine is given to toddlers when they are 12 to 15 months of
age, and a second dose is required for all Pennsylvania school children.
However, individuals who have received only one dose of the vaccine, instead of
the recommended two doses, may still be at risk of infection with this virus.
If you or
your children are at risk for measles, and become ill with the symptoms one to
two weeks after possible exposure, contact your healthcare provider to share
that you’ve been exposed so that precautions can be taken to avoid exposing
If you are
a healthcare provider who suspects measles, please call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for
consultation and to arrange testing.
in the United States are immune to measles, either because they received the
MMR vaccine in childhood, or because they were exposed to measles in the
If you are
not immune to measles and want to receive MMR or immune globulin, ask your
healthcare provider or contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at
information about measles, see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website