By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Austin Public Health reports a person residing in Travis County has been diagnosed with measles.
Local, state and federal health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to inform people who may have been exposed. Listed below are the dates and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the confirmed case of measles.
December 14 (evening):
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6301 W Parmer Lane
December 14 – 16:
- HEB, 6001 W Parmer Lane
- Saam Thai, 6301 W Parmer Lane
December 15 – 16
- Mandola’s Italian, 4700 W Guadalupe Street
December 16 (2pm – 4pm):
- Target, 10107 Research Boulevard
- Marco’s Pizza, 11011 Research Boulevard
December 17 (Noon – 4pm):
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 3600 Presidential Boulevard
- United Airlines, gate area
If you have received two MMR vaccinations, you are protected. If you received one or no MMR vaccinations you are at an increased risk of infection. Symptoms include cough, rash, fever and sore eyes.
Please call your doctor immediately if you have been to these locations during these dates and develop a fever before January 1, 2020. It is important to call and provide your physician with this information before going.
“Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics,” said Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority and medical director for Austin Public Health. “The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization.”
Children should receive their first dose of measles vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age; another dose at 4-6 years of age. Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine is generally first given at 12 months of age in the United States but is sometimes recommended for children as young as 6 months of age who are traveling outside the United States or could be infected in an outbreak.
Nationally, from January 1 to December 5, 2019, 1,276 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 31 states.
124 of the people who got measles this year were hospitalized, and 61 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.
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