Measles Case Confirmed In Maryland

It was a Montgomery County resident who recently traveled abroad.

Baltimore, Md (KM) The Maryland Department of Health says a positive case of measles has been detected in a Montgomery County resident who recently traveled abroad.

The agency says anyone who may have visited these locations late last month could have been exposed:

*Dulles International Airport on January 27th from 6:00 AM until 9:30 AM

*the Claridge House at 2445 Lyttonsville Rood in Silver Spring on January 27th from 7:30 AM until 10:00 AM;  January 27th at 6:00 PM;  January 29th at 1:00 AM

*Suburban Hospital Emergency Department on January 27th from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Health Department officials say anyone who was at  these locations at these times should monitor themselves for 21 days after their potential exposure. The early symptoms of measles include a fever of 101 degrees or more, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes.  About one to four days after these early symptoms. patients will notice a red rash appearing on their face which spreads to the rest of the body. Anyone who has these symptoms should not go out in public, but should call their health care provider before showing up at the waiting room. That’s to allow the health care provider to take measures to prevent the spread of measles to other patients.

Measles is a contagious disease which can be spread through to other people through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the month.  It can be prevented through vaccinations.

The Health Department says people who are considered immune to measles have had at least two measles shots, previously had measles or were born in the US before 1957.

Officials say there’s been a recent rise in measles globally, as well as its importation into the United States.  There was one case of measles reported last year in Maryland, and five reported in 2019.

By Kevin McManus