Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure

Jun 28, 2014

Health officials say several adults may have been exposed to a person with the measles last weekend. The exposure might have happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 22nd in the emergency department at Rhode Island Hospital or later that evening in the emergency department at Roger Williams Hospital. Hospital officials say a man later diagnosed with measles presented at Rhode Island Hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning. He left against medical advice. Around 6 pm that evening he went to Roger Williams Hospital with a worsening fever. He was admitted and discharged a few days later to be quarantined at home.

Health department officials say the man has a history of vaccination. It's not clear when he was last vaccinated, but certain types of vaccine administered in the US in the mid-1960s were not considered effective.

Measles cases have risen dramatically this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Staff at both hospitals are working to identify patients who might have been exposed and calling and sending letters home. They're asking anyone who develops a fever or other measles symptoms to call their doctor. Symptoms usually start about 10 days after exposure and include a fever and red, watery eyes.

There's a resurgence of measles now in the United States, mostly down to a growing number of unvaccinated people. Scientists, doctors, public health officials, and just about everyone who knows what they're talking about when it comes to infectious disease say it's important to get vaccinated.

More information?
- CDC frequently asked questions about measles, measles vaccine

- CDC overview of measles (symptoms, etc)