Potential measles exposure in Fairfax, Loudoun counties between April 23 and May 1

Officials in Fairfax and Loudoun counties are alerting consumers to potential measles exposures between April 23 and May 1 at 10 locations, including retailers like CVS and Target, as well as Inova Fairfax Hospital and the state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Chantilly.

Northern Virginia health officials are trying to determine who may have been exposed, according to Lorrie Andrew-Spear, a spokeswoman for the state health department.

David Goodfriend, director of Loudoun county’s health department, said the exposure stemmed from one patient with measles. If someone has received at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past, the risk of being infected with measles from any of the exposures is very low, he said.

But if not, someone could be infected “just walking through a location” within two hours after the patient was there, he said. The patient became infected overseas, he said.

Listed below are the dates, times and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the case of measles:

●Lotte Plaza, 13955 Metrotech Dr., Chantilly, on April 23 between 7 and 11 p.m.

●Chantilly branch of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, 14950 Northridge Dr., Chantilly, April 25 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

●CVS Pharmacy, 24795 Pinebrook Rd., Chantilly, on April 27 between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and April 29 between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

●Inova Dulles South Urgent Care Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Rd., Chantilly, on April 27 between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

●Harris Teeter, 25401 Eastern Marketplace Plaza, Chantilly, on April 27 between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

●South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, on April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; April 29 between 3 and 7 p.m.; and April 30 between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

●Target, 14391 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly, on April 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

●Home Depot, 25000 Riding Plaza, Chantilly, on April 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

●Inova Dulles South Radiology Imaging Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Rd., Chantilly, on April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

●Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, between 5 p.m. April 30 and 11:59 p.m. May 1 in the following units/rooms only:

Pediatric Medical and Surgery

Rooms 319 to 322 of Labor and Delivery

Psychiatry

O3 Family Centered Care

Apheresis

Diagnostic Radiology

Last month, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that measles have infected 129 people in 13 states in 2014, the most in the first four months of any year since 1996. They warned clinicians, parents and others to watch for the potentially deadly virus.

Thirty-four of the cases were imported via travel to other countries, including 17 from the Philippines, where a huge outbreak has affected 20,000 people and caused 69 deaths, said Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

There have been no measles deaths reported from the outbreak in the United States, and none since 2003. But Schuchat acknowledged that “it’s probably just a numbers game, probably just a matter of time until we have more.” One or two of every 1,000 cases of measles are fatal, according to the CDC.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that generally affects young children, causing fever, a runny nose, a cough and a distinctive rash all over the body. About one in 10 children also gets an ear infection and one in 20 comes down with pneumonia. A person with measles is contagious as long as four days before the symptoms are apparent, Schuchat said. Parents and even physicians who haven’t seen measles in years may be unaware of the early warning signs, she said.

In the past 20 years, a concerted public health campaign, especially among lower-income families, has made measles outbreaks rare. The disease has been considered eradicated since 2000. But today, the number of unvaccinated children has begun to become a problem, Schuchat said. Some people are choosing not to have their children immunized for personal reasons and others are unaware of, or unable to get, vaccinations, before they arrive in the United States. She said the CDC is also seeing growth in the disease pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Lena H. Sun is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on health.
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