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Exposure warning - Second confirmed case of measles in D.C. Metro area

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(WJLA) - Health officials have confirmed a second case of measles in the D.C. Metro area.

Officials said in a statement Wednesday morning that it appears this person contracted it from the first person confirmed to have had it, who visited several sites in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in late April.

The last four public places the infection person visited were in McLean last Thursday morning and afternoon – including this Giant grocery store and CVS on Chain Bridge Road, as well as the Starbucks.

"it does make me a little cautious,” says Monica Walker, who works nearby and stops in often. "I think it's a reminder to us all there's a lot of diseases out there."

This second recent case of measles comes after the first case was discovered late last month in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. The second individual, a Fairfax County resident, was in close contact with the first, who became infected outside of the United States.

Between May 11 and May 15, the second individual visited 20 different locations throughout the area in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties, as well as D.C. and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Though measles are often considered to be a contagious infection, Dr. David Goodfriend says that more than 90-percent of people in the region are immunized against it.

"So even if they were in those locations, if they were appropriately immunized they can be reassured -- as long as they're feeling well -- that there wasn't a risk to them."

Measles can be spread through coughs and sneezes, and the impact can be severe – resulting in pneumonia, brain infection, seizures, and even death.

"We are vaccinated, so we're not very concerned,” says Kavitra Kalatur, a parent at Nysmith School for the Gifted, where the infected person reportedly visited twice last week.

"If they've been exposed, they've been exposed. It's good to know and if we see any symptoms we react to that."

Just down the road in Herndon, the individual also paid a visit to Lifetime Fitness one week ago today.

"National Capital Region health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed to this second case," officials said Wednesday.

URGENT: Preventive treatment may be available for those who were at the exposure sites on May 15 only. The preventive treatment is particularly important for high-risk individuals such as pregnant women, infants under the age of 1, and immunosuppressed people. However, this preventive treatment must be administered today, May 21, to be effective. Officials said to please call 1-877-275-8343 as soon as possible to be assessed for exposure risk.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE SITES:

Palisades Farmers Market, MacArthur Blvd. and Chain Bridge Rd., Washington, D.C. Between 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday, May 11.

Art Fair Outdoor (temporary market), Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, Md. Between 10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

Prep Matters (waiting room), 5001 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, Md. Between 11:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

Farmers Market, Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Md. Between 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

Starbucks, 2407 Centreville Rd., Herndon, Va. Between 7:10 to 10:20 a.m. on Monday, May 12.

South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, Va. Between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-13.

Nysmith School for the Gifted, 13625 Eds Dr., Herndon, Va. Between 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13-14.

Lifetime Fitness athletic club, 1757 Business Center Dr., Reston, Va. Between 8:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Whole Foods, 4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax, Va. Between 1:45 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Bon Chon Chicken, 13320 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon, Va. Between 2:45 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Mother's Macaroons, 2442 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Between 3:30 to 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Homemade Pizza, 4514 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va. Between 3:45 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Arrow Wine & Cheese, 4508 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va. Between 3:50 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

CVS, 1452 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. Between 6:30 to 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 15.

Giant grocery store, 1454 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. Between 6:40 to 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 15.

Starbucks, 1438 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. Between 10:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

McLean Medical Associates and other businesses at 6862 Elm St., McLean, Va. Between 10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual.

Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.

People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures.

Potentially exposed individuals with questions may call 1-877-275-8343. For more information on measles, visit the health website.

 

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