Wake County

Measles case confirmed in Wake

A measles case has been confirmed in Wake County, according to public health officials.

A patient showed symptoms of the disease after returning from overseas, the Wake County Human Services Division of Public Health said Tuesday.

Measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Those symptoms are followed by a rash that typically appears first on the face, hairline or behind the ears and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Complications of the disease can include pneumonia, diarrhea and ear infections, and severe cases can be fatal. Infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of complications.

Immunization is the best protection from measles, health officials said in a statement. People who received two doses of the vaccine for measles as recommended are considered protected from the virus for life.

The disease is highly contagious for people who have not been immunized.

People may have been exposed to measles at the following locations and times, health officials said:

▪ RDU International Airport between 2 and 4:30 p.m. July 24

▪ Hunter Street Park in Apex between 6 and 8 p.m. July 24; 9 and 10:30 a.m. July 25; and 9 and 10:30 a.m. July 26

▪ Cary YMCA between 12:15 and 4 p.m. July 25; and 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. July 26

▪ NCSU Lee Residence Hall in Raleigh between 8 p.m. and midnight July 25

▪ UPS Store at 2054 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary between 2 and 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 and 7 p.m. July 26

▪ Coastal Credit Union at 2024 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary between 2 and 4:30 p.m. July 26

▪ NextCare Urgent Care at 1110 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary between 1:50 and 4:50 p.m. July 31

▪ WakeMed Cary emergency department between 3 and 9:30 p.m. July 31

Health officials say anyone who is experiencing symptoms of measles and has not been vaccinated should call a doctor right away.

Anyone with questions about measles in Wake can contact a public health specialist at 919-728-5233.