Possible Measles Outbreak Announced At Major Museum

Health officials are warning the public that there is a possible measles outbreak in parts of Philadelphia -- including at a popular museum that attracts children -- after a person may have exposed others to the dangerous virus that causes the illness. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says others may have been exposed at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, as well as at a CVS Pharmacy.

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The infected person reportedly visited the following locations:

CVS Pharmacy, located at 316 E. Lancaster Avenue, in Wayne, Pa. on Sunday, December 28, from 5:30-8 p.m.

Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4321 Avenue of the Republic, in Philadelphia on Monday, December 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Health officials say that, although the measles vaccination is effective, those most at risk include:

Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine

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 vaccination

Individuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.

One aspect of this that makes the whole thing a bit more frightening is that those who have been exposed to the measles virus often don't begin exhibiting symptoms until one to two weeks after exposure and can spread it to others for four days after and before they even see a rash on their bodies.

In addition to the appearance of a red rash that spreads across the face and down the body and can last four to seven days, other symptoms include a runny nose, cough, high fever, and watery eyes. The virus can be spread through sneezing, coughing, touching objects that contain the virus, and direct contact with infected mucus or saliva.

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Let's hope this possible outbreak stays contained and that anyone who believes he or she might have been exposed to the virus acts responsibly in order to keep it from spreading to others.

How do you feel about vaccinations? Do stories like this one affect your opinion of them?

 

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