DULLES, Va. – A positive case of measles was reported by the Maryland Department of Health and Montgomery County health officials, after a resident who recently traveled internationally was diagnosed with the disease. Health officials have issued an alert for those who may have been exposed at certain locations and times.
According to authorities, the locations where potential exposure may have occurred include the Washington Dulles International Airport international terminal, Claridge House at 2445 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, and the Suburban Hospital emergency department. Early symptoms of measles, which include fever, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes, can appear one to four days before a red rash develops on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People who are vaccinated, have previously had measles, or were born in the U.S. before 1957 are generally considered immune.
Dr. Scott Krugman, a pediatrician with LifeBridge Health, highlighted the issue of unvaccinated children who interact with others in a similar situation, creating an environment conducive to the spread of viruses. Authorities have advised people, especially those who are not vaccinated or immune to measles, to monitor themselves for any early symptoms of the disease for 21 days after potential exposure.
Those who develop a fever or other symptoms of measles have been urged not to go to childcare, school, work, or any public places and to contact their healthcare provider instead. The Maryland Department of Health website provides additional information for those seeking to learn more about measles.
The case of measles serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccination and the potential risks associated with being unvaccinated, especially in environments where individuals with similar unvaccinated status come into contact. It also underscores the need for vigilance in monitoring for symptoms and taking preventive measures to avoid the spread of infectious diseases.
Health officials continue to monitor the situation and provide guidance to the public on necessary steps to be taken in light of the recent case. The potential repercussions of not being vaccinated or immune to measles have been emphasized, emphasizing the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own health while also considering the impact on the community.