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Measles virus exposure at Center City building.​

Health department reports potential measles virus exposure at Center City building.

Health department reports potential measles virus exposure at Center City building

Measles virus:

Patients of
Jefferson Health have been alerted about a possible exposure to the measles
virus. The Philadelphia Health Department issued the warning on Saturday
evening, just before 6:30 p.m. Officials stated that individuals who were
inside the building at 33 South 9th Street or 833 Chestnut Street between 2
p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Tuesday may have been exposed to the virus. However,
health officials clarified that those not present in the building during these
times are not at risk.

Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole reassured that there is no threat to the
general public associated with this measles case and encouraged individuals who
might have been exposed to take necessary precautions if they are not protected
against measles. Dr. Bettigole also emphasized the increasing threat of measles
exposure in the United States over the past decade.

Measles is a
virus that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact or
through the air via droplets from coughing or sneezing, as per officials.

Symptoms of
measles may include fever, a runny nose, cough, swollen eyes, and a rash, as
reported by officials.

The health
department states that you are protected from the virus if you:

•           Were born before 1957

•           Have already had the measles virus

•           Have received two doses of
measles-containing vaccine

If you or
someone you know begins to display symptoms of measles by Tuesday, January 9,
please promptly contact your doctor.

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