This story has been updated. See the latest here. A case of measles has been confirmed in Wake County in a patient who recently returned from international travel, and county officials said Sunday others may been exposed to the disease.
Wake County spokesperson Kerry McComber said in a press release that the disease had been confirmed on Saturday and warned that others may have been exposed to measles at the following locations, dates and times.
▪ WakeMed Physician Practices in the WakeMed Garner Healthplex on Friday, June 8, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
▪ WakeMed Raleigh Campus: Children’s Emergency Department, Adult Emergency Department (D-Bay), Chest Pain Unit and Imaging, June 8 from 11 p.m. through June 9 at 7 a.m.
▪ WakeMed Raleigh Campus: Children’s Emergency Department, Adult Emergency Department (D-Bay), Chest Pain Unit and Imaging, Sunday, June 10, from 8:30 p.m. through Monday, June 11, at 3 a.m.
▪ WakeMed Physician Practices in the WakeMed Garner Healthplex Monday, June 11, from 1 p.m. through 5:30 p.m.
▪ Duke University Hospital Emergency Department, Durham, Wednesday, June 13, from 3:30 p.m. through Thursday, June 14, at 1 a.m.
County health officials offer the following advice.
People who have received two doses of the vaccine for measles as recommended and individuals born before 1957 are considered protected from the virus for life. For people who have not been immunized, the disease is highly contagious.
If you have NOT been vaccinated against measles AND were at one of these locations during the time frames listed above, call the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch at 919-733-3419 or your doctor right away.
Do not show up at the hospital or a doctor’s office without calling first, to avoid putting other patients or medical staff at risk. Your doctor can help determine whether you are immune or make special arrangements to evaluate you if you are sick.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that typically appears first on the face, along the hairline or behind the ears, and then spreads to the rest of the body. The symptoms of measles usually appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.
People with measles are usually contagious for four days before the rash starts, the day it first appears and the following four days. Common complications include diarrhea and ear infections. Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of complications from measles.
Vaccination is the best protection from measles. Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing a person from contracting the disease if exposed to it.
For more information about measles, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.