First Case Of Measles In Allegheny County Reported

It’s the first case in the county this year

Andrew Limberg
April 30, 2019 - 5:07 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Allegheny County Health Department says an un-vaccinated adult has tested positive for measles. It’s the first case in 2019 for the county.

The Health Department reports the person traveled outside the United States recently and is not linked to the current outbreak elsewhere in the country.

The patient was treated at a local hospital Monday and is recovering at home

UPMC is notifying and evaluating patients and staff who may have come in contact with the individual.

The individual was potentially contagious starting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, and potential exposures may have occurred at the following locations and times:

  • Giant Eagle Market District (5550 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232)
    • Friday, April 26, 2019: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 28, 2019: 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
       
  • ALDI (5631 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
    • Friday, April 26, 2019: 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

If you were at the following locations at the following times, it is highly recommended you get checked by a physician.

“If you believe you have symptoms of measles, please contact your primary care provider immediately to notify them that you may have been exposed,” said Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker in a statement.

Related: US Measles Cases Hit Highest Mark In 25 Years

“Do not go directly to the office, urgent care center or emergency room, as this may expose other persons. Pregnant women should contact their doctor about their immune status. Health care providers who suspect measles should call the Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (2243) for consultation and to arrange testing. Most importantly, get your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. Vaccines not only protect you and your loved ones, they protect those whose immune systems are compromised, which includes infants and the elderly.”

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