TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Virginia citizens potentially exposed to measles

Citizens in Virginia's Loudoun and Fairfax counties between April 23 and May 1 may have been exposed to a person with the measles, according to northern Virginia area health officials.

In an attempt to identify those who were exposed, health officials released a list of locations and dates of potential exposure, including the Chantilly Department of Motor Vehicles, Inova Dulles South Urgent Care Center, South Riding Pediatrics, Inova Dulles South Radiology Imaging Center and the Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The Virginia health departments said that those who have received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine have a low risk of infection, while those who have not been vaccinated are at risk.

The highly contagious measles virus spreads through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual.

Symptoms of the measles usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, an infected person will have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, a runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. In the second stage, which begins between the third and seventh day of infection, a rash appears on the face before spreading over the entire body.