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Confirmed Case of Measles

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a case of measles that could have exposed others to possible infection.

Health officials said the potential exposures could have occurred at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Officials at Pocono Medical Center said they identified individuals who may have been exposed and contacted them to determine their vaccination status.

The patient also received treatment at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Wednesday, April 23. Officials said anyone who was in the Foss Clinic from 1 to 6:30 p.m., in the areas of the main entrance, the sixth floor, the elevators, and the outpatient lab may have been exposed. People that rode the shuttle to and from the facility between the hours of 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. may have also been exposed.

According to the Department of Health, measles is caused by a highly contagious virus and symptoms will begin one to two weeks after exposure. Symptoms include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough, and a high fever. After four days a rash appears that usually lasts four to seven days.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their doctor immediately.

For more information about measles, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website by clicking HERE.

Geisinger released the following statement: “Geisinger is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and following all proper protocols and taking all necessary precautions. Those employees who may have been exposed have been notified and will be tested as appropriate. Additionally, we want to assure the public that Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is safe.”

15 comments

  • Liz

    When a persons personal choice not to vaccinate their children becomes a public health concern, then there is a problem. Vaccinate your children!

  • A Mommy

    Aimee Long, I’m glad your immune system can easily handle these diseases however there are people in this world with compromised immune systems like my son. He can NOT handle it and because of your stupidity of not vaccinating, my son could potentially die…..

  • a mom

    Yeah, you can spread the virus by getting the vaccine, but only if you have a reaction. The doctor tells you when the reaction will occur and what exactly to look for.

  • Erica

    Aimee, measles killed more than 2.6 million people a year before a vaccine was discovered. Mad in Hazelton, you were one of the lucky ones.

  • Choppy (@choppinfirewood)

    Really? Don’t know many Polio victims do you…ya know the ones that were not vaccinated. There is no scientific proof that vaccines are the cause of anything. Sure some people have reactions, as like with any medicine, but the cost of not vaccinating is astronomically higher than the risk of the vaccination. Maybe try critical thinking.

  • lboosmommy

    I notice they’ve stopped talking about the initial patient’s vaccination status with these articles. They probably got tired of having to say that they had been vaccinated and got sick anyway…

  • BeS

    An estimated eleven million illegal immigrants plus a lack of immunization on a large percentage of their offspring equals the emergence of diseases which were eradicated from the general population years ago (measles, polio, etc.).

  • llong

    aimee, you are 100 per cent correct sometimes they cause more harm then good, been thru that.

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