Officials Warn of Potential Measles Exposure at One Children’s Plaza
Dayton, OH – Health officials are urging individuals who visited the emergency department at One Children’s Plaza on specific dates and times to be on the lookout for potential symptoms of measles. Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health is currently notifying contacts of a person diagnosed with measles in order to assess their vaccination status and provide information on signs and symptoms of the highly contagious disease.
Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, and a rash. This disease can be particularly serious and even lead to hospitalization and complications, especially when it affects children. Authorities are concerned that those who visited the emergency room during the designated dates and times may have been exposed to the virus and are urging them to take appropriate action.
Individuals who fall into this category but have not yet been contacted by Public Health are urged to call a specific helpline to determine their level of exposure. In cases where individuals are not fully vaccinated against measles, health officials recommend receiving the vaccine as soon as possible after exposure. Additionally, in certain instances, measles immune globulin can be given for post-exposure protection.
Public Health is placing great emphasis on vaccinating children as a means of protecting them from measles. The disease is highly contagious, and individuals can spread it even before experiencing any symptoms. In fact, the measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves a room, highlighting the need for proactive measures.
To ensure utmost protection against measles, it is advised that children receive the recommended two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. However, Public Health wants to clarify that they do not provide testing or treatment for measles. Instead, they advise individuals experiencing symptoms to seek care from a healthcare provider while informing them of their measles concern.
For those who have not yet received the vaccine, vaccinations are readily available at local pharmacies and Public Health’s clinic, conveniently located downtown. Health officials strongly urge the public to take this opportunity to safeguard themselves and the community from the threat of measles.
Individuals who may have been exposed to the virus during the specified dates and times are encouraged to remain vigilant, prioritize their health, and reach out to the helpline or healthcare providers for further guidance. The fight against measles requires a collective effort and a swift response to ensure the well-being of our community.