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Health Officials Identify Source of Measles, Additional Places of Possible Exposure
Date:4/9/2009

Efforts to Contain Measles Outbreak Continue

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department, in coordination with UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, today reported the source of the recent measles outbreak was a traveler from India who arrived in the U.S. on March 7, 2009.

The number of confirmed measles cases in southwestern Pennsylvania now totals six, with additional probable cases awaiting confirmation.

State and county investigators and staff from numerous health care facilities have contacted thousands of people who might have been exposed to measles to assess each person's risk. While most of those exposed have been found to be immune to the disease, some non-immune persons have been asked to stay home until they are cleared of risk.

As previously reported, initial exposures occurred at Children's Hospital. In addition, exposures may have occurred at the following locations and times:

Children's Hospital Emergency Department and waiting area:

  • Between 6 p.m. on March 27 and 3 a.m. on March 28
  • Between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 28

Alle-Kiski Hospital, Emergency Department, Main Lobby and ground floor public areas:

  • Between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on March 28

EMS-I Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in the Snowflake Room and the main dining room area:

  • Between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on March 26.

Allegheny County Port Authority bus routes:

  • 28X (Airport Flyer) -- March 24, between 10 a.m. and noon; March 28, between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • 33X (West Busway All Stops) -- March
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