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May 21, 2014

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  • Lorrie Andrew-Spear - 703-530-2627
    Northern Region Public Information Officer
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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICIALS EXPAND INVESTIGATION OF POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURES
Virginia Department of Health Working with District of Columbia and Maryland

(Leesburg, Va.)— Out of an abundance of caution, health officials are investigating potential exposures to a second person with measles in the National Capital Region. This effort expands the recent investigation of a measles case in late April 2014 in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. The second case of measles was confirmed in a person who was a close contact of the first case. National Capital Region health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed to this second case.

New potential exposure sites and times have been identified. The exposures occurred between May 11 and May 15. The locations are in Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington Counties, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. People who were at the locations listed below, at the times indicated, may have been exposed to the measles virus.

Listed below are the dates, times and locations:

Date

Location

Exposure Period

Jurisdiction

Sun., May 11

Palisades Farmer’s Market (open air market)
MacArthur Blvd & Chain Bridge Rd., Washington, DC

8 a.m.-12 noon

District of Columbia

Sun., May 11

Art Fair Outdoor (temporary market)
Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD

10:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Montgomery

Sun., May 11

Prep Matters (Waiting room)
5001 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD

11:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Montgomery

Sun., May 11

Farmer’s Market
Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Montgomery

Mon., May 12

Starbucks
2407 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA

7:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

Fairfax

Mon., May 12

South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at
25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Loudoun

Tues., May 13

South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at
25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Loudoun

Tues., May 13

Nysmith School for the Gifted
13625 Eds Dr., Herndon, VA

1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Fairfax

Wed., May 14

Lifetime Fitness (Athletic Club)
1757 Business Center Dr., Reston, VA

8:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Fairfax

Wed., May 14

South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at
25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Loudoun

Wed., May 14

Whole Foods
4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax, VA

1:45 p.m.-5 p.m.

Fairfax

Wed., May 14

Nysmith School for the Gifted
13625 Eds Dr. Herndon, VA 20814

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Fairfax

Wed., May 14

Bon Chon Chicken
13320 Franklin Farm Rd., Herndon, VA

2:45 p.m.–6 p.m.

Fairfax

Wed., May 14

Mother’s Macaroons
2442 N. Harrison St., Arlington, VA

3:30 p.m.-6:40 p.m.

Arlington

Wed., May 14

Homemade Pizza
4514 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA

3:45 p.m.-7 p.m.

Arlington

Wed., May 14

Arrow Wine & Cheese
4508 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA

3:50 p.m.-7 p.m.

Arlington

Thurs., May 15

CVS
1452 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA

6:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m.

Fairfax

Thurs., May 15

Giant
1454 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA

6:40 a.m.-9:50 a.m.

Fairfax

Thurs., May 15

Starbucks
1438 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA

10:10 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Fairfax

Thurs., May 15

McLean Medical Associates and other businesses at 6862 Elm St. McLean, VA

10:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Fairfax

For individuals who were exposed at any of the above locations during the times specified:

  • Preventive treatment may be available for those who were at the exposure sites on May 15 only. The preventive treatment is particularly important for high risk individuals (e.g., pregnant women, infants under the age of one, and immunosuppressed people). However, this preventive treatment must be administered today, May 21, to be effective. Please call 1-877-275-8343 as soon as possible to be assessed for exposure risk.
  • If you have never received MMR vaccine, you may be at risk of measles. Monitor your health and if you notice symptoms of measles (see below), immediately isolate yourself in your home to limit your exposure to others and call your primary health care provider to discuss further care.
  • Call ahead before going to the doctor’s office or the emergency room and tell them that you were exposed to measles.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and 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 these dates of exposure, anyone infected with the measles virus may develop symptoms as late as June 5, 2014.

People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures.

Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the on-time 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).

Potentially exposed individuals with questions may call 1-877-275-8343. For more information on measles, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/factsheets/Measles.htm.

For information about the first exposure investigation, see the news release at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/PressReleases/2014/050614Measles.htm.


Last Updated: 05-21-2014

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