People who visited certain locations in York and Hershey, including several WellSpan facilities and the Hershey Theatre, could be affected, according to an alert issued Saturday by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.
Measles, which is highly contagious, was confirmed in a patient in WellSpan York Hospital.
The Department of Health issued a list of locations where the patient had visited to alert those who may have been exposed:
- Fuddruckers, 2300 E. Market St., York, on Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Hershey Theater, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Aug. 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Hwy. York, on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, on Aug. 26
- in the proximity of the Lab from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m.
- in the proximity of the Imaging Department from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- in the proximity of the Emergency Department from 6:15 to 1:45 a.m.
- in the proximity of the Imaging Department from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Highway, York, on Aug. 28 from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., Lincoln Highway, York, on Aug. 29 from 9:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- WellSpan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St., York, on Aug. 29 in the proximity of the emergency room at 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
“A patient in WellSpan York Hospital has a confirmed case of measles, which can be highly contagious,” Levine said in a news release. “WellSpan Health is in the process of notifying patients, staff and visitors who were in either WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center or WellSpan York Hospital during the identified times and areas of the building; however, if you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal. If you believe you might have been exposed and experience symptoms, please contact your health-care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.”
This is the 14th case of measles in Pennsylvania this year. More than 1,200 have been reported in the United States this year, making it the greatest number of cases reported since 1992.
"Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person," the state Department of Health said. "Symptoms typically appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes.'
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, those most at risk are infants under 1 year old who are too young to have received the MMR vaccine, people who refused vaccination and people from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.
People who were vaccinated might still be at risk if they were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, used from 1963 to 1967, and have not been revaccinated, or people who were born after 1957 and only received one dose of the MMR vaccine.