Measl​​es 

 

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection. Cases of measles have recently been identified in Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Health has advised that people might have been exposed to measles at the following locations at the following times:
  • 4000 Old Court Road in Pikesville, MD on:
    • Tuesday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 16 from 9:15 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.
  • Market Maven (1630 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Seven Mile Market (201 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ​

If you or your family member visited one of these locations ONLY at the specific date and time listed above, please see MDH Instructions for People Who Might Have Been Exposed to Measles

If you think you or your family member have symptoms of measles, call your doctor before going to the office so staff can take measures to prevent possible spread to other patients.  Do not go to child care, school, work, or out in public if you have symp​toms of measles. If you think you or a family member might have been exposed to measles, or if you have questions about vaccinations, contact your healthcare provider.   


Symptoms of Measles  

Early symptoms of measles are high fever; runny nose; cough; and red, watery eyes. Usually, one to four days after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.  

Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They may need to be hospitalized and could die. Measles may cause pregnant woman to give birth prematurely, or have a low-birth-weight baby.

Transmission of Measles

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Also, measles virus can live for up to 2 hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. A person with measles is contagious beginning 4 days before the rash appears until 4 days after the rash begins. Measles symptoms typically develop 10-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

Prevention of Measles 

Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.

Cases of Measles in Maryland, as of April 19, 2019:
Year​ Confirmed Cases​
2019​ 4
​2018 ​1
​2017 ​1
 
Information for the Public

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MMR ACIP Vaccine Recommendations

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