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Health officials warn of possible measles exposures in Fairfax, Loudoun Counties

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Health officials in Virginia are warning residents of potential measles exposures in two counties.  They say the Loudoun and Fairfax County Health Departments say people at two locations in the counties between April 23 and May 1 may have been exposed to someone who has measles.  

Northern Virginia area health officials are working to identify people who may have been exposed.

Here are the dates, times and locations of the possible exposure sites in this case:

Lotte Plaza, 13955 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151
Wednesday, April 23 between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Chantilly Department of Motor Vehicles, 14950 Northridge Drive, Chantilly VA 20151
Friday, April 25 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy, 24795 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly, VA 20152,
Sunday, April 27 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Inova Dulles South Urgent Care Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly, VA 20152,
Sunday, April 27 between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Harris Teeter, 25401 Eastern Marketplace Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152,
Sunday, April 27 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA 20152
Monday, April 28 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30 between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Target, 14391 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151
Monday, April 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Home Depot, 25000 Riding Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152
Wednesday, April 30 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Inova Dulles South Radiology Imaging Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly VA 20152
Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, between Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 in the following units/rooms only:
Pediatric Medical and Surgery
Rooms 319 to 322 of Labor and Delivery
Psychiatry
O3 Family Centered Care
Apheresis
Diagnostic Radiology

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body. Based on the date of exposure, we have determined that if you were infected with measles, you may develop symptoms as late as May 22, 2014.

What should you do if you were at one of the above locations at the time specified?

If you have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past, your risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures is very low.

If you have never received MMR vaccine, you may be at risk of measles. If you notice the symptoms of measles, immediately limit your exposure to others. Please call your primary health care provider to discuss further care. Call ahead before going to the office or the emergency room and tell your primary health care provider's office that you were exposed to measles.
Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the on-time vaccination of all susceptible persons. Two doses are recommended for most individuals with the first dose given at age 12-15 months and the second prior to kindergarten entry (age 4-6 years).

While few measles cases are reported in the U.S., the disease is common in many parts of the world, including popular tourist destinations. All persons who will be traveling internationally should be evaluated for measles immunity and vaccinated as needed.

Residents with additional questions about this measles investigation can call 1-877-275-8343 (within Virginia). For more information on measles, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/factsheets/Measles.htm     

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