Health departments warn of possible measles exposure
Mark Salley, Communications Director | 303-692-2013 | firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 9, 2017
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, along with Tri-County Health Department and Denver Public Heath, are warning of possible exposure to an individual with measles from Dec. 21 to 29, 2016, who was at a wide variety of locations in the Denver-Boulder area (see list below). Measles is a respiratory illness that can be spread by coughing and sneezing. It can be very dangerous for infants who are too young to be vaccinated, people with weakened immune systems and those who have not been immunized. Serious complications can occur, including pneumonia and swelling of the brain.
The individual with measles was an unvaccinated adult who traveled internationally. Though measles cases are unusual in the U.S., many foreign countries continue to have large numbers of measles cases. According to Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of CDPHE, “It is important to make sure you are protected against measles, especially when traveling outside the U.S. Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles. Children as young as 6 months old can receive a vaccination for protection, and adults should make sure they are protected too.”
Symptoms of measles typically begin 7 to 14 days after exposure, but may take up to 21 days to appear. They typically include fever, runny nose, red eyes that are sensitive to light and coughing. Two to four days after the first symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
A person with measles is contagious for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash. People with measles symptoms should NOT go to any child care facilities, school, work or out in public, since they may spread the disease to others.
The health department advises anyone in the locations -- on the specific dates and times listed on the attached list – to watch for symptoms of measles. The individual with measles was seen at AFC Urgent Care Denver East on Dec. 27, as well as the Parker Adventist Hospital Emergency Department on the evening of Dec. 29, and was hospitalized there until Jan. 1, 2017. Health department staff members are in the process of contacting individuals who were exposed to the patient during these health care visits.
If you develop symptoms of possible measles, call your doctor’s office first to tell the staff about your symptoms. Do not go inside the doctor’s office or hospital, because measles is highly contagious. The doctor might meet you outside the medical office to protect other patients and visitors.
Parents should review their child’s vaccination records to ensure their child has received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Recommendations for routine childhood vaccination are for two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at age 1 year through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years before school entry. Health care workers, international travelers and students in post-high school educational institutions also should have received two doses of MMR vaccine. For more information, call the COHELP InfoLine at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.
In 2013 there were 187 cases in the U.S., 667 in 2014, and 189 in 2015. There was one case in Colorado in 2015 and one case in 2016.
People visiting the following locations on the following dates may have been exposed to measles
(times are approximate)
Westerra Credit Union
14305 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, 80012
12/21/2016 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
King Soopers Buckley Square
17000 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora 80013
12/21/2016 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3440 S. Tower Road, Aurora, 80013
12/21/2016 from 1 -5 p.m. and
12/27/2016 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Walmart Supercenter Pioneer Hills
5650 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora, 80015
12/21/2016 from 2:30- 5:30 p.m.
785 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 80027
12/22/2016 from 2 - 4 p.m.
1590 28th St., Boulder, 80303
12/22/2016 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
1136 Spruce St., Boulder, 80302
12/22/2016 from 3:30 - 7 p.m.
1227 Spruce St., Boulder, 80302
12/22/2016 from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
1314 Pearl St., Boulder, 80302
12/22/2016 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Flatirons Mall, specifically, T Mobile and Brookstone
1 W. Flatiron Crossing Dr., Broomfield, 80021
12/22/2016 from 6 - 10 p.m.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
1644 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 80210
12/22/2016 from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Dollar Tree Englewood Plaza
351 W. Englewood Parkway, Englewood, 80110
12/23/2016 from 5 - 7 p.m.
601 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, 80110
12/23/2016 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Sprouts Farmers Market
2880 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80222
12/23/2016 from 6 - 8 p.m.
AFC Urgent Care
760 S Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80246
12/27/2016 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
T Mobile Blvd Center
1685 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80222
12/27/2016 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
5000 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, 80122
12/27/2016 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Parker Adventist Hospital Emergency Department
9395 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker, 80138
12/29/2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on 12/30/2016