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Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Measles case investigated in southwestern Pennsylvania

The Allegheny County Health Department is investigating exposures to an Allegheny County resident diagnosed with measles and urging self-reporting by individuals who may have been exposed to the case.

Measles virus Image/CDC

Measles virus
Image/CDC

Contacts in the person’s workplace and healthcare settings are being notified and efforts are under way to find others.  Additional exposures to the case may have occurred at the following places and times: Blair Auto Sales, 132 Coxcomb Hill, New Kensington, April 30, from noon to 6 p.m., Tomasino’s Restaurant, 260 Little Deer Creek Road, Indiana Township, April 30, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Advanced Auto Parts, 2407 Freeport Road, Harmar, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Health Department is recommending the following advice to anyone who visited the above locations at the indicated times: If you are susceptible to measles and become ill with symptoms of measles between now and May 21, contact your primary care provider immediately and tell him or her that you may have been exposed to measles. Do not go directly to the office, urgent care center or emergency room, as this may expose other persons.  Pregnant women should contact their doctor about their immune status.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-21 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye and a rash. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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