Indianapolis Children's Museum guests possibly exposed to measles April 8

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The St. Joseph County Department of Health has announced that advises that those who traveled to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on April 8 were possibly exposed to a person with measles. April 8 was the day of the solar eclipse.

Health officials say that, at this time, there have been no confirmed measles cases in St. Joseph County.

"However, those who traveled to Indianapolis for the eclipse should be aware of this possible exposure and remain vigilant to symptoms associated with measles," the SJCDH said. "The risk to the general public remains low, but the SJCDH continues to monitor the situation."

Health officials warn that individuals exposed and not immunized are still vulnerable to contracting measles, and due to the incubation period, they could see symptoms develop as late as April 29.

Symptoms for measles include:

  • Fever, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye) about 11-12 days after exposure (up to 21 days)
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth (Koplik Spots) may develop (about 2-3 days after first symptoms)
  • Rash that starts on the hairline and face and spreads to trunk, arms, and legs (3-5 after first symptoms)
  • Other symptoms include runny nose, red eyes, sensitivity to light, fatigue, or loss of appetite

"If you are sick, seek prompt medical attention and avoid social gatherings," SJCDH officials said.

"Measles is a highly contagious viral illness; about 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles will become sick, and about one in five will require hospitalization. Children under five, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer from complications from measles, like pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), complications during pregnancy, and possibly death."

Currently, when you and/or your family come to the SJCDH for an immunization, you'll be entered to win a $100 gift card.

There will be four winners a month, 20 total winners from April through August.

The St. Joseph County Department of Health offers immunizations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, and you can schedule an appointment online.

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