Measles exposure alert at Millersville University and other locations in Lancaster County

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MILLERSVILLE, PA (WPMT) An alert issued for possible exposure to measles several locations in Lancaster County including Millersville University.  The MU Office of Student Affairs notified the campus community late this afternoon that the Office was informed by the State Health Department that a visitor to basketball games last Saturday, January 31, has developed measles. Anyone in Pucillo gym between the hours of 3 pm and 10 pm may have been exposed to the measles virus.

The college has put together information on the measles at Faculty, staff, and students should contact their personal doctor with additional questions or if they develop symptoms. Students may also contact Health Services, Monday – Friday, in the Witmer Building, 4 McCollough Street, Phone: (717) 871-5250, if they have questions about the measles.

Persons who have been vaccinated for Measles/Mumps/Rubella (have received 2 doses of MMR, as is required for enrollment at Millersville) are protected.

The State Health Department lists other locations in the county where people were exposed to a possible case of measles:

• College Avenue Associates: 233 College Avenue, Lancaster, Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This includes all practices at the medical building:
o Keystone Cancer Center
o Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons
o  Interventional Spine Associates
o General Surgery Oncology Specialists of Central Pennsylvania
o Lancaster Pulmonary and Sleep Associates and Infectious Disease Specialists
o Red Rose Pediatrics
o Lancaster Hematology/Oncology
• Sheetz: 1790 Millersville Road, Lancaster, Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An individual with measles can spread the virus to others for four days before and four days after the rash begins. It is spread by sneezing or coughing, touching contaminated objects, and direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for up to two hours.
Complications from measles can include ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and even death. Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

The Department of Health is also offering a free clinic to both insured and uninsured individuals at the following location and date. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Lancaster State Health Center
1661 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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