Allegheny Co. Health Department Reports First Local Case Of Measles In 2019


A MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR QUESTIONING BY DETECTIVES, HE HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED OR CHARGED YET. POLICE BELIEVE ONLY ONE GUNMAN WAS INVOLVED. THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED THE FIRST CASE OF MEASLES IN PENNSYLVANIA SO FAR THIS YEAR. A MAN FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY CONTRACTED THE DISEASE WHILE TRAVELING OVERSEAS. HE RETURNED TO THE PITTSBURGH AREA BEFORE SYMPTOMS SURFACED AND MAY HAVE PUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT RISK. Reporter: THAT PATIENT WAS TREATED AT UPMC SHADYSIDE, HE WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY. HE ALSO TRAVELED TO SEVERAL PLACES WHILE IN THE STATE SHADY SIDE AREA AND COULD HAVE EXPOSED OTHER PEOPLE TO THE VIRUS. THE NUMBER OF MEASLES CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO SOAR, MORE THAN 700 CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE U.S. SINCE THE DISEASE WAS DECLARED ELIMINATED IN 2000. THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED ITS FIRST CASE OF MEASLES FOR THE YEAR AFTER A MAN CONTRACTED THE VIRUS INTERNATIONALLY. THIS IS A PERSON WHO HAD TRAVELED INTERNATIONALLY ABOUT TWO WEEKS BEFORE BECOMING ILL AND HE HAS NOT BEEN TO AN AREA IN THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS A CURRENT OUTBREAK. Reporter: THAT MAN, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY WAS NOT VACCINATED. HE WAS POTENTIALLY CONTAGIOUS STARTING THURSDAY, APRIL 25 AND COULD HAVE SPREAD THE VIRUS AT THE GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT . IF A PERSON HAS BEEN EXPOSED, SYMPTOMS WOULD START BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 20. EVEN IF SOMEONE WITH MEASLES HAS BEEN IN A ROOM AND THEN LEAVES, IT STILL CAN LINGER IN THE AIR FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. Reporter: MEDICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST SAYS MEASLES IS A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS BUT VACCINE PRESENTABLE PREVENTABLE DISEASE. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE A RASH, HIGH FEVER, COUGHING, AND RED, WATERY EYES. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO GET THE MMR VACCINE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. INFANTS LESS THAN ONE YEAR OF AGE ARE MOST AT RISK AS WELL AS THOSE WHO REFUSE VACCINATIONS. IT’S VERY GOOD AT PROTECTING YOURSELF BUT ALSO BY IMMUNIZING YOURSELF YOU CAN HELP PROTECT OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO CANNOT GET VACCINATED. Reporter: THE MAN WHO CONTRACTED THIS VIRUS IS CURRENTLY RECOVERING AT HOME TONIGHT, WE ARE TOLD IT MAY BE TOO SOON TO TELL IF ANYONE ELSE WAS EXPOSED. WE ALSO JUST GOT A STATEMENT FROM GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT SAYING THEY ARE TAKING EVERY MEASURE NECESSARY TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE THEIR STORE. THE VACCINE FOR MEASLES IS USUALLY GIVEN TO TODDLER’S 12 TO 15 MONTHS OLD AND A SECOND VACCINE IS RECOMMENDED BETWEEN FOUR AND

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