Official News Release from the Virginia Department of Health
VIRGINIA HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk
January 31, 2020
Media Contact: Tina Dale – 703-246-8642; direct link to news release
Out of an abundance of caution, Health Districts in northern Virginia are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed. Listed below are the dates, times, and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the case of measles:
Dulles International Airport (1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles, VA 20166)
- January 26, 2020, 8 – 11:30 p.m.
- Corridor from Gate C4 to mobile lounge docks
- International Arrivals Building
- Baggage Claim Area of the Main Terminal
Kabob Palace (2333 S. Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202)
- January 26 – 27, 2020, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Greenhouse Grill (2222 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027)
- January 27, 2020, 12 noon – 3 p.m.
Residence Inn by Marriott Fairfax (8125 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042)
- January 26, 2020, 11 p.m. – 12 midnight
- January 27, 2020, All Day
- January 28, 2020, All Day
- January 29, 2020, 12 midnight – 8:30 a.m.
Inova Fairfax Hospital (3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042)
- Emergency Department, including waiting area
- January 27 – 28, 2020, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- January 29, 2020, 6:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or 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. Based on the date of exposure, we have determined that if you were infected with measles, you may develop symptoms as late as February 19, 2020.
What should you do if you were at one of the above locations at the time specified?
- If you have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine (either the measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine or a measles only vaccine which is available in other countries) you are protected and do not need to take any action.
- If you have received only one dose of a measles containing vaccine, you are very likely to be protected and your risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures is very low. However, to achieve complete immunity, contact your health care provider about getting a second vaccine dose.
- If you have never received a measles containing vaccine nor had a documented case of measles, you may be at risk of getting measles from this exposure. Contact your local health department or health care provider for advice. If you notice the symptoms of measles, stay home and away from others and immediately call your primary health care provider or health department to discuss further care. Call ahead before going to the office or the emergency room and tell them that you were exposed to measles.
Measles is easily preventable through a safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the vaccination of all susceptible persons. Two doses are recommended for most individuals with the first dose given at age 12-15 months and the second prior to kindergarten entry (age 4-6 years).
Measles is common in many parts of the world, including popular tourist destinations. All persons who will be traveling internationally should be evaluated for measles immunity and vaccinated as needed. Infants too young to be vaccinated should avoid travel to areas with measles until they can be vaccinated.
Residents with additional questions about this measles investigation can call 703-267-3511. For more information on measles, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/measles-rubeola/.
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