FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – Health officials are warning the public about possible exposure to a child with measles at two northern Virginia locations.
The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday that the unvaccinated child contracted measles while traveling internationally, but is now improving.
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Officials said people were likely exposed at Kaiser Permanente Ashburn Medical Center between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, or the adult and pediatric emergency department at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church on Sunday night. Sunday or Monday, officials said. In addition to these locations and times, officials said they believe the risk to the community is low.
Unvaccinated people may be at risk for measles from this exposure and should contact their health department or health care provider for advice and stay away from others if they noticed symptoms, officials said.
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The disease is highly contagious through coughs, sneezes, and droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and rash that appear around the third to seventh day.
Officials say those who are vaccinated do not need to take this action. The risk is very low for people who have only had one dose, but officials recommend contacting their healthcare provider about another dose.
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