Navigation Links
Pennsylvania State Department of Health Announces Three Cases of Measles in Southwest Region

Department stresses the importance of measles vaccination

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed three cases of measles in a Westmoreland County family.

Two of the individuals are under the age of 5 and had not received the Measles, Mump, Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Their father, 33, received only a single dose of MMR as a child.

Investigation of these cases is under way, and the source of the infection is unclear. However, the most probable source of exposure is likely Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the family spent several hours in the waiting area of the emergency room on March 10 and March 11. There is no history of travel outside the area indicating the infection was locally acquired.

The Department of Health in coordination with the Allegheny County Health Department is investigating any additional contacts in other healthcare settings related to this outbreak.

The Department of Health is urging anyone who is not currently immune to measles or who may have symptoms of measles to contact their primary health care provider immediately.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus. Symptoms will begin 8-12 days after exposure and include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever. After four days, a raised, red rash starts to spread on the face, down the body and out to the arms and legs. The rash will usually last four to seven days.

An individual with measles can spread the virus to others for five days before and five days after the rash begins. It is spread by infected droplets during sneezing or coughing, touching contaminated objects, and direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for up to two hours.

Complications from measles can include problems ranging from ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia to encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain, and even death. Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

The following groups of individuals may be more at risk of becoming infected with measles:

  • Infants who are too young to have been immunized (less than one year of age);
  • Persons who were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; and
  • Those who refused vaccination, or are from a part of the world where there is low vaccination coverage.

The MMR vaccine is given to toddlers when they are 12 to 15 months of age, and a second MMR vaccine is required for all Pennsylvania school children. However, individuals who have received only one dose of the vaccine, instead of the recommended two doses, may still be susceptible to the virus. The MMR vaccine can help prevent infection if it is given within three days of exposure. There is no risk in getting an additional dose of the MMR vaccine for individuals who may have already received it.

For more information about measles and the MMR vaccine, visit or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

    CONTACT:  Stacy Kriedeman

    Guillermo Cole Jr.
    Allegheny County Health Dept.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Governor Rendell Offers adultBasic Coverage to 35,000 Uninsured Pennsylvanians
2. Health and Business Groups Launch Ad Campaign About Need for Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law in Pennsylvania
3. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires 2750 Monroe Boulevard in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
4. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Receives Grant to Improve Alzheimers Support
5. Pennsylvania Needs More Lung Cancer Research
6. Saint Vincent Health System of Erie, Pennsylvania Named One of AARP 2007 Best Employers for Workers Over 50
7. Pennsylvania Game Commission Announces EHD Confirmed in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties
8. Maryland, Minnesota Go Smoke-free Oct. 1 - Pennsylvania Overdue in Following Suit
9. Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Accreditation Status for Trauma Centers
10. Health Secretary Urges Pennsylvanians to Get a Flu Shot
11. Governor Rendell Calls for Prompt Action on Prescription for Pennsylvania, Cover All Pennsylvanians Health Care Reforms
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the bus, I ... Bronx, N.Y. “I thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable way to ... The PROTECTOR enables disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement weather. In ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... (PHA) announces the nation’s Periwinkle Pioneers, individuals and groups responsible for advancing care ... disease. The Periwinkle Pioneers, nominated by the public, will receive special recognition throughout ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... philanthropic seniors, is resulting in a way for homeless people to have a ... have launched a new initiative whereby they are repurposing plastic bags into sleeping ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, ... adult stem cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the ... Registered Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Genesis Chiropractic Software ... software creates an agreement between the practice owner and the patient that automatically ... notification, and projections. Click here to learn more. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... FRANCISCO , Nov. 24, 2015  Thanks to ... Dignity Health St. Mary,s Medical Center,s Sister Diane Grassilli ... breast imaging capabilities in San Francisco ... an anonymous friend, stepped forward with a gift of ... for Breast Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis and Whole Breast ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Colo. , Nov. 24, 2015  Array ... that its Chief Executive Officer, Ron Squarer ... Healthcare Conference in New York.  The public is ... webcast on the Array BioPharma website.Event:Piper Jaffray Annual ... , Wednesday, December 2, 2015Time:1:30 p.m. Eastern Time ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... HOUSTON, TX and VANCOUVER, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... EPI; NASDAQ: EPIX ) announced today that the ... clinical study of EPI-506 as a treatment for metastatic ... States and Canada.  --> ... --> In the Phase 1/2 clinical trial, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: