Health Department Reports Possible Measles Exposure in Marion County

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2019

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Marion County Public Health Department is issuing a warning about a case of measles confirmed in a person from out-of-state who visited two locations in Indianapolis.

Most residents of Marion County should already be vaccinated and adequately protected against the measles infection. The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is routinely given to children at 12-15 months of age along with a second dose at 4-6 years of age. Adults born prior to 1957 are generally considered immune.

Anyone with questions about their vaccination status should contact their healthcare provider or the Marion County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program at (317) 221-2122.

The locations where the infected individual visited, along with dates and time frames for potential exposures, are:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of measles generally appear about 7-14 days after a person is infected. Symptoms from one of these specific exposures in Indianapolis would begin sometime between March 25 and April 8.

Symptoms of measles include:

Individuals who are especially high-risk for complications from measles include infants and children less than 5 years of age, adults over age 20, pregnant women, and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Anyone who may have been exposed and is starting to develop symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Please tell the provider about the measles exposure prior to the visit so that appropriate precautions can take place.

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Media Contact:
Curt Brantingham
Media/Public Information Coordinator
317-221-2316 (o) │ 317-525-7450 (c)