The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), the Pottawatomie County Health Department and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services are investigating possible exposures to a person with measles.
Measles were identified with a person from another state who had visited the Shawnee area in April. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The viruses usually remain up to two hours in a room in the air after the person with measles has left an interior.
Based on information collected, individuals who have visited the following sites may be exposed to the sites and at times the measles virus below:
- FireLake Discount Foods (1570 Gordon Cooper Drive) in Shawnee, Oklahoma by 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday, April 27th. All persons who worked or visited this grocery during this date and time are considered exposed.
- Nail Spa (4409 N. Kickapoo Avenue, Ste 103) in Shawnee, Oklahoma from 16:00 – 19:30 on Saturday, April 28. All persons who visited or visited the nail salon at this time are considered exposed.
The OSDH works with representatives of these organizations to identify people who have visited the above places to inform them about their exposure and make recommendations. Persons are protected if they are vaccinated with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine after the first birthday or if they were born before or during 1957.
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People who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms with a range of 7-21 days approximately 10 days after exposure. The symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes and cough. A few days later, a rash appears that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Measles can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. It can also cause serious problems in pregnant and immunocompromised women.
People who have been exposed and have no disease symptoms do not need to be evaluated by a health care provider. If you have measles disease symptoms, consult your doctor before going to Care for instructions on check-in and registration.
People with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the rash four days after the rash begins. Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine (usually in combination with rubella and mumps, called MMR vaccine) and is recommended for all children 12 to 15 months of age and again at the age of 4 to 6 years. If a person has not received a second dose of vaccine between the ages of four and six, the booster dose may be given at any age. Two vaccine doses usually provide lifelong immunity.