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Possible Measles Exposure At Hershey Medical Center

/ WDAC

HERSHEY – Staff at Hershey Medical Center are notifying patients and visitors who were in or around the Emergency Department check-in area between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Aug. 18 that they may have been exposed to the measles virus. On Aug. 18, a patient exhibiting symptoms consistent with measles arrived in the Emergency Department. Blood test results on the patient suggest the clinically suspected diagnosis of measles is very likely. Measles is a highly contagious, but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with an infected person. People may be more susceptible to measles if they were born after 1957 or they have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine. Because staff quickly took the appropriate steps to isolate the patient, the risk of infection spreading is thought to be relatively low. 

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