In a follow-up on confirmed case of measles in an unvaccinated individual who attended a large spiritual revival on Asbury University’s campus in Wilmore, Kentucky on Feb. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory.
Officials say an estimated 20,000 people attended the gathering from Kentucky, other U.S. states, and other countries during February 17–18, and an undetermined number of these people may have been exposed.
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CDC offered the following recommendations for the public (including children) and those who attended the gathering:
- If you attended the Asbury University gathering on February 17 or 18 and you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated against measles, you should quarantine for 21 days after your last exposure and monitor yourself for symptoms of measles so that you do not spread measles to others.
- If you attended the gathering and are not up to date on your measles vaccinations, talk to your healthcare provider right away about getting vaccinated after completing your quarantine.
- If you think that you have measles or have been exposed to someone with measles, isolate yourself from others and call your healthcare provider, urgent care, or emergency room before arriving to be tested. Do not arrive at a health care facility without giving advance notice.
- Measles is extremely contagious and can cause life-threatening illness. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk. An unvaccinated person can get measles when traveling abroad or in the U.S.
- Two doses of MMR vaccine provide better protection against measles than one dose.
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