DENVER – A second measles case in the Denver metro area has been confirmed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The second infected individual had contact with the adult male who tested positive for measles on June 4.
The adult male from India who presented the first measles case is known to have visited the office of a physician in private practice, and was subsequently hospitalized at Sky Ridge Medical Center. The new measles victim, also an adult male, was exposed at that physician’s office, Dermatology and Laser Institute of Colorado, located at the Lone Tree Medical Plaza, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree. During the infectious phase, the second infected individual may have exposed others in the following locations at the following times:
· Lone Tree Medical Plaza, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree, June 3-6
· Kent Denver School’s middle school graduation, Anschutz Theatre., 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Village 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 3
· Hodsons Bar & Grill, 6851 S. Gaylord St., Centennial 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 3
· Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch 6-9 p.m., June 3
· Highlands Ranch Orthodontics,1420 W. Canal Ct., Littleton 3-5:30 p.m., June 5
The State Health Department advises anyone present at the above-mentioned locations on the relevant dates to contact their healthcare provider for vaccination, as they may be at risk. They further advise everyone to be on the alert for the symptoms of measles, and to contact a healthcare provider, should they become ill.
Measles symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and a rash that usually begins on the face two to four days after the onset of other symptoms (and typically spreads to the hands and feet). Complications of measles include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). In unvaccinated pregnant women, measles also can cause miscarriage or premature birth.
If you suspect you have measles, call a healthcare provider before heading to a medical office or emergency room. Special arrangements must be made for you to be evaluated, to protect patients and medical staff from possible infection.
According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Lisa Miller, “With a second case of measles and fairly wide exposure, we could be seeing additional cases of measles in our community. Unfortunately, vaccination coverage levels in Colorado are not as high as we would like them to be. Now is the time to check your immunizations, and make sure you and your family are protected.”
The measles virus is spread when a person sneezes or coughs, spraying droplets in the air or on surfaces. Because the virus is highly contagious, other exposures may have occurred.
For more information about measles, the public can call CO-HELP at 877-462-2911 or 303/389-1687. COHelp is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.