First confirmed case of measles in southern Nevada since 2015

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Southern Nevada Health District officials are warning the public about a recently diagnosed case of measles, the first in this area since 2015.

The patient, an adult who was previously vaccinated, may have picked up the case while traveling internationally. Their case was confirmed on Dec. 24. Symptoms can take as long as 21 days after exposure to appear.

Because the measles are highly contagious, the health district is advising people who visited the following locations between Monday, Dec. 10 and Tues., Dec. 18 to review their immunization records and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles and have not had the disease.

They should also contact a health care provider if they develop a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles within 21 days after visiting the following locations:

•    Young Israel Aish Las Vegas, 9590 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas 89117
 Monday, Dec. 10 and Thursday, Dec. 13 or any synagogue-related activities during these dates. 
•    Trader Joe’s, 2315 Summa Dr., Ste. 100 Las Vegas 89135 
Thursday, Dec. 13 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
•    Albertsons, 2550 S. Fort Apache Rd., Las Vegas 89117
Thursday, Dec. 13 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
•    Costco, 801 S. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas 89144
Thursday, Dec. 13 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
•    Smart & Final, 8485 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas 89117
Thursday, Dec. 13 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 
•    Starbucks, 340 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas 89109
Friday, Dec. 14 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. 
•    Summerlin Hospital/Emergency Dept., 657 N. Town Center Dr., Las Vegas 89144
Sunday, Dec. 16 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
•    Southern Nevada Health District, 280 South Decatur Blvd Las Vegas 89107
Monday, Dec. 17 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. main lobby/immunization waiting area
•    Simon and Joe’s, 3720 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas 89103
Monday, Dec. 17 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.  

“The measles are Rubella, a viral respiratory illness mostly infecting young children and older immune compromised adults,” said Oscar Garcia, a physician assistant at P3 Medical Group. “It could have some serious complications.”

People are considered immune against measles if they were born before 1957 as many of them had the disease as a child.  

“It’s highly contagious, so if you’re not immunized to it or if you haven’t had previous measles, there’s about a 90 percent chance that you’re going to contract it,” Garcia said.

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