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Measles Cases in York County: Frequently Asked Questions

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We realize that the two recent confirmed cases of measles in York County may lead to some questions as far as how the disease is transmitted, what the symptoms are, and what you can do to prevent the spread. 

Q: If I was in WellSpan York Hospital or WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center in recent days, am I at risk for being infected?
A: WellSpan has been in the process of making personal contact with all patients who may have been at risk for exposure to the disease. Individuals who have been exposed at the following locations during the dates and times listed are still considered at risk and should continue to monitor for symptoms: 

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Aug 28 from 10:45pm to 2:00pm

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Aug 29 from 9:50am to 12:30pm

  • WellSpan York Hospital in proximity of ED, Aug 29 from 11:15am to 3:15pm

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Sept. 9 from 9:30am to 9:00pm

  • Crunch Fitness, 905 Loucks Rd., York, PA , Sept 9 from 8.30 AM to 11:10 AM

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Sept. 10 from 7:15am to 6:45pm

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Sept. 11 from 7:15am to 1:45pm

  • Sheetz, 215 Arsenal Rd., York, PA, Sept. 11 from 3:30pm to 5:45pm

  • Central York Middle School, Sept. 11 from 6:30pm to 9:10pm

  • WellSpan Stony Brook Medical Center, Sept 12 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • Weight Watchers, 351 Loucks Rd., York, PA, Sept 12 from 6:45am to 9:15am

  • Central York High School, Sept 12 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm  

Individuals who may have been exposed at the following locations during these specific dates and times are no longer at risk, based on CDC guidelines, for developing measles related to their exposure: 

  • Stony Brook Medical Center, Aug 26 from 10:00am to 1:30pm.

  • WellSpan York Hospital, Aug 26 at the following locations and times. 
    - In the proximity of the lab from 1:30pm to 3:45pm
    - In the proximity of the Imaging Department from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
    - In the proximity of the Emergency Department from 6:15pm to 1:45am (Aug. 27)
    - In the proximity of the Imaging Department from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Q:  If I think I am at risk of exposure, what should I do? 
A: If you were at any of the locations listed above during the above time periods, please call our Measles Exposure Hotline at 717-812-5330 or toll free at 1-855-851-3641 as soon as possible to speak with one of our Registered Nurses. We ask that you contact this phone number prior to going to any of our care facilities, so that we can provide you the best location for your appropriate level of care. If you are experiencing symptoms of measles (see below for a list of symptoms), please contact the Pa. Department of Health’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. Individuals who were born before 1957 or who have completed the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination series should be safe from exposure. 

Q: How do I know these facilities are now safe? 
A: Because measles is transmitted by air, the infection risk vanishes two hours after a patient leaves a building. There is no known risk of infection at any of these locations. 

Q: If I was exposed to the measles, what should I do? 
A: If you were exposed to measles and have not contacted your provider, please call our Measles Exposure Hotline at 717-812-5330 or toll free at 1-855-851-3641 as soon as possible to speak with one of our Registered Nurses. If you have completed the Measles vaccine series, you are protected. If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and red eyes, please limit your travel and call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Q: If I was a potential exposure to measles, are people around me at risk?

A: If you were potentially exposed to measles, you cannot infect another person unless you become ill with the virus. Put another way, being exposed to someone that may have been exposed does not equate to an immediate additional exposure. However, a person infected with measles is contagious four days before and four days after a rash develops on their skin. If someone experiences symptoms, they should contact the WellSpan Measles Exposure Hotline at 1-855-851-3641.

Q: How is measles transmitted?
A: The measles is highly contagious for those not vaccinated and can be transmitted through either direct contact, or when the infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes near others. 

Q: What are the symptoms of measles? 
A: Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, or tiny white spots inside the mouth. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 

Q: How long does it take to start experiencing symptoms?
A: 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. Symptoms typically appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes. 

Q: How much time must pass before I know if I am not infected?
A: If you have not experienced any symptoms in 21 days since exposure to measles, you are likely not infected. 

Q:  Who is most at-risk for Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)? 
A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) those most at-risk are: 
  • Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine;
  • Individuals who refused vaccination; and 
  • Individuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles. 
Additionally, even if you were vaccinated, you may still be at risk if you were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; or you were born after 1957 and have only received one dose of MMR vaccine. 

Q: Is anyone in my family at risk? 
A: The most effective way of preventing measles is vaccination. If you or your family have not been immunized for Measles with the MMR vaccine, please contact your primary care provider to discuss getting you and your loved ones vaccinated. 

Q: If I want to get a Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, where can I go?
A: You should contact your primary care physician.  If you don’t have a primary care physician, call (800) 840-5905 or click here