Durham County investigating possible measles case
Durham County on Monday named a preschool, as well as a coffee shop, where people may have been exposed to a possible case of measles last week.
A follow-up test result is due this week, Durham County Medical Director Arlene Seña said during a press conference. A preliminary test was positive, but Seña said a follow-up was done to make the diagnosis definitive. The preliminary test is sensitive to the disease as well as to the antibodies present in a person vaccinated for measles, she said.
North Carolina has no confirmed cases of measles currently, Seña said.
County officials announced the possible exposure over the weekend “out of an abundance of caution,” officials said in a news release.
They said someone with a possible case of measles may potentially have infected others from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June, 10, while at Bean Traders at 105 W. N.C. 54 in Durham, according to the weekend release.
People who were at Bean Trader during this time and have not been vaccinated against measles or are immunocompromised or pregnant should call the Durham County Department of Public Health at 919-560-HELP.
More people may have been exposed at The Goddard School of Durham, officials said Monday. The preschool is at 5300 Fayetteville St. in Durham.
Preschool officials sent a letter to parents Saturday saying one child with a possible case of measles was present June 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., ABC11 reported.
County health officials are reviewing the immunization records for workers at the coffee shop and for the workers and children at the daycare, Seña said.
There is no ongoing risk for the public who visited the business at other times or who want to visit Bean Traders or The Goddard Schools now or in the future, she said.
Measles is preventable through safe and effective measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to the county release.
The highly contagious illness spreads through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person.
Symptoms usually appear in two stages.
In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery, red eyes and a cough.
The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.
Worried about exposure?
If you think you or your children may have been exposed, health officials advise, based on the date of exposure, watching for any of these symptoms through July 1:
▪ If you develop fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough, please stay at home and do not expose others.
▪ If within three to seven days you develop a rash or you develop any severe symptoms, please call your primary health care provider immediately to discuss further care.
▪ It is very important that you call prior to going to the office or to an emergency room so that you do not expose others.