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CDC now tracking 1,200 measles cases nationally, highest since 1992

SNHD warns about possible exposure in Las Vegas
Posted: 12:55 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-20 00:16:52-04
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UPDATE AUG. 19: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is now tracking more than 1,200 measles cases confirmed since Jan. 1, the highest since 1992. It announced 21 new cases were confirmed last week, including one in Las Vegas in a tourist who spent time at the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. This year's cases are spread across 30 states.

ORIGINAL STORY
The Southern Nevada Health District is informing individuals and the public who were at different locations listed below that they might have been exposed to a person who was confirmed to have a case of measles. Because measles can be highly contagious the Health District is advising people who may have been exposed to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles or have not already had the disease. This measles case was reported in a visitor. There have been no additional cases reported in Clark County residents.

PREVIOUS STORY: Visitor with measles visited Treasure Island, Desert Springs Hospital

Slice of Las Vegas
3390 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place)
Aug. 2 6:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Aug. 4 6:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 6:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Luxor Hotel and Casino Registration Area
Aug. 1 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort)
Aug. 3 6:45 p.m. – 10:52 p.m.

Bay Essentials Convenience Store
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place)
Aug. 6 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Backstage Deli
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Luxor Hotel and Casino)
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Luxor Hotel and Casino)
Aug. 6 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Aureole
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort)
Aug. 5 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

The measles vaccine is highly effective in preventing illness. Recommendations for measles vaccination may vary depending on a person’s age occupation or health status. Additional information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know website.

People who may have been exposed should also contact their health care providers if they develop a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles within 21 days after their visit to these locations. It is recommended that anyone with symptoms contact a health care provider’s office before entering a health care facility to allow the facility to make appropriate arrangements to ensure the illness is not spread.

Symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure to the virus. On average an infected patient will develop a fever about 10 days after exposure to the virus. The fever can last two to four days and can peak as high as 103 F to 105 F. Following this people will often also develop a runny nose cough and/or red eyes. On average about 14 days after exposure the telltale rash appears; the rash can last five to six days. It begins at the hairline moves to the face and neck and eventually reaches the hands and feet. Measles can spread approximately four days before the rash appears and four days after.

People more likely to suffer from complications include children younger than five years of age pregnant women older adults and people with compromised immune systems. When measles is spread among susceptible people it can result in serious infections resulting in pneumonia encephalitis seizures and death. Many people born before 1957 had the disease in childhood and younger people are routinely vaccinated against it.