Measles In Indianapolis – An Alert From The Indiana State Department Of Health

The following is from The Indiana State Department Of Health:

Indiana Health Alert Network Advisory — March 27, 2019

The Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) are
investigating a confirmed measles exposure in the Indianapolis area. Two locations of potential exposure have
been identified where individuals cannot be readily identified, and a press release is being issued to urge individuals who visited or worked at these locations during the exposure period to self-monitor for symptoms and check vaccination status.

These locations and dates are as follows:
 Microtel Inn & Suites – 5815 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241:
o Monday, March 18, from 12 am – 2 pm
 Shapiro’s Delicatessen – 808 Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225:
o Monday, March 18, from 12 pm – 2:15 pm

Healthcare providers should be alert for secondary cases resulting from exposures at these locations. Secondary
cases would occur from March 25th to April 8th. Report suspected cases to the Marion County Public Health
Department or the Indiana State Department of Health immediately upon suspicion.

The following are excerpts from Signs And Symptoms Of Measles from the CDC:

The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.

Measles typically begins with

  • high fever,
  • cough,
  • runny nose (coryza), and
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

Koplik Spots

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Mouth of a patient with Koplik spots, an early sign of measles infection.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions About Measles In the USA from the CDC.

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