THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Health officials in Indiana report measles case in central part of state

Indiana state health officials recently confirmed a case of the measles in the central part of the state, though the case appears to be unrelated to an outbreak of the virus among an Amish community in Ohio.

Officials said in a press release that people who visited the following locations on various dates in the state may have been exposed: St. Vincent Immediate Care Center in Zionsville on July 17, Ocean World Restaurant in Indianapolis on July 18, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital Emergency Department in Carmel on July 19 and July 22, and St. Vincent Outpatient Treatment Center in Carmel on July 20 and 21.

The hospital, treatment center and immediate care center are reportedly reaching out to staff and patients who may have been exposed to the measles virus-a highly contagious disease that causes fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes approximately 7-10 days after exposure.

After initial symptoms appear, a rash begins on the face and upper neck two to four days later and spreads to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After approximately five days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared.

The virus is transmitted from person to person when an infected individual breathes, sneezes or coughs. Droplets containing the virus are dispersed into the air and remain active for up to two hours.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of measles are encouraged to remain at home and call their general care provider. If remaining at home, people with potential infection are encouraged to isolate themselves from others, including the unvaccinated, immunocompromised and pregnant women.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 20 states have reported a total of 585 cases and 18 outbreaks of the measles this year.