Pennsylvania health officials issued an alert today over a possible measles exposure at a welcome center in the northeastern part of the state.

Pennsylvania map/ National Atlas of the United States
Pennsylvania map/ National Atlas of the United States

Travelers they may have been exposed to measles at the Endless Mountains Welcome Center in Great Bend, along I-81 Southbound near the Pennsylvania/New York border, between 8:00 PM and midnight on Friday, May 12, according to The Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“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.