Officials urge patrons and employees to check vaccination records and monitor for measles-related symptoms
Note: The Monroe County Health Department distributed this information in the form of a press release on Jan. 11.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Monroe County Health Department is investigating a confirmed case of measles. As a result, public health officials are advising some patrons and employees of the following businesses to monitor themselves for any measles-related symptoms especially if they have not been vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
People who were present at these stores during the times listed should monitor themselves for measles-related symptoms and check their vaccination records. IU students and employees who may have been in contact with the sick student on campus are being contacted by staff with the IU Health Center and IU Environmental Health and Safety.
- Bed Bath & Beyond, 731 S. College Mall Rd., Jan. 3, 4-7:45 p.m.
- CVS, 2701 E. Third St. AND 510 S. College Mall Rd., Jan. 6, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- People who rode the Go Express Shuttle
- Departing the Indianapolis International Airport for Bloomington at 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 2 OR
- Scheduled to arrive at the Indianapolis International Airport from Bloomington at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 2
- Anyone who stayed or visited the Bloomington Holiday Inn, 1710 N. Kinser Pike, between 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and 2 p.m. Jan. 3 or dined at the restaurant, Burger Theory, at the same address, between 8:45 a.m. and 12 p.m.
These are the ONLY days and times of possible exposure.
Individuals who develop symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention immediately.
Patrons who visited those respective stores prior to the dates listed were not exposed to the virus. Further, there is no current risk associated with visiting those stores as this was an isolated exposure period on that date.
Measles is a highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Individuals who have not received their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been.
Health officials urge those who were at those respective locations on any of the dates listed above (January 2, 3, 6) between the times noted above to check their MMR vaccination status and monitor themselves for symptoms of measles until 21 days from the date of possible exposure.
- High Fever (101 F or higher)
- Blotchy rash that starts at hairline and spreads throughout body
- Runny nose
- Red and watery eyes
- Sore throat and other cold-like symptoms
Symptoms of measles generally appear about 7-14 days after a person is infected, but can occur up to 21 days after exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, measles typically begins with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.
The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. While the opportunity for intervention for this exposure has passed, people are encouraged to obtain the MMR vaccination if they have not already done so to protect against any future exposure. People can contact their primary healthcare provider to check their immunity or schedule any needed vaccinations, or vaccination can be obtained through the Monroe County Public Health Clinic by calling for an appointment at 812-353-3244.
The individual with measles is working closely and cooperatively with both local and state health officials in the current investigation, and the businesses listed remain open for business.
Additional questions may be sent to the Monroe County Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.