Oklahoma Health Department confirms a case of measles

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This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or virion, of measles virus.

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is investigating a confirmed case of measles in Stillwater located in Payne County. This is the first confirmed case in Oklahoma since 1997.

The patient is identified as an international traveler to Oklahoma and the spouse of an Oklahoma State University student living off campus. OSDH is working with the Payne County Health Department, Oklahoma State University, and local medical facilities in the investigation.

If you visited these locations in Stillwater you may have been exposed to the virus.

  • Aldi (1188 N Perkins Rd) March 13
  • Crepe Myrtle Market  (613 S Lewis) March 13
  • Food Pyramid (421 N Main St) March 13
  • Boba Fusion Café (211 N Perkins Rd) March 13
  • China Wok (917 N Perkins Rd) – March 14
  • Jimmy’s Egg (811 W 6thAve)  March 16
  • University Health Services on March 17 or 19

Anyone who thinks they may have been at risk of exposure should review their immunization records and contact their local county health department with any additional questions. Oklahoma health officials say you are protected if they are immunized with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine after the first birthday, or if they were born during or before 1957.

People who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms about 10 days after exposure with a range of 7-18 days. Symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes, and cough. A few days later, a rash appears starting on the face spreading to the rest of the body accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. The disease can also cause serious problems in pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. People with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the onset of the rash and until four days after the rash starts. Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine (usually given in combination with rubella and mumps, called MMR vaccine), and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at four to six years of age. If a person has not received a second dose of the vaccine between four to six years of age, the booster dose may be given at any age thereafter. Two doses of vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.

This is a developing story, check back often for updates.

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