GREAT BEND, Pa., May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today alerted travelers theymay have been exposed to measles at the Endless Mountains Welcome Center in Great Bend, along I-81 Southbound near the Pennsylvania/New York border,
"A visitor to the welcome center the evening of May 12 was diagnosed with measles, which can be highly contagious," Secretary Murphy said. "However, if you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of contracting the disease is minimal. We encourage anyone who is unsure about their measles vaccination status to contact their health care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH."
Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing, or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms typically appear one to three weeks after infection and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those most at risk are:
Additionally, even if you were vaccinated, you may still be at risk if:
If you believe you might have been exposed to measles and experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please contact your health care provider. It is best to call ahead so that precautions can be taken to avoid exposing anyone else to the disease.
For additional information about measles, please visit the department's website at www.health.pa.gov or the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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