Maryland health officials have confirmed a third person has the measles in the state only a day after announcing a second person was found to have the illness.
The Maryland Department of Health says anyone who visited the following areas during the times noted below may have been exposed to measles:
- 4000 Old Court Rd in Pikesville on Sunday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.
- Market Maven (1630 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Seven Mile Market (201 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Health officials said they are contacting people directly who may have been exposed at other locations.
“It is concerning that three cases of measles have been identified in Maryland in such a short period of time,” Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips said in a news release. “The measles virus can spread very easily between unvaccinated people, and there have been large outbreaks in several other areas of the country. Vaccination is the best way to stop additional infections. We are asking that Marylanders ensure they and their families are up-to-date on vaccinations against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.”
On Tuesday, the health department said another person who was a "household contact" of the first confirmed measles patient had the illness. They both got the measles in an another area of the country with an ongoing outbreak. The health department did not specify which area.
On April 5, the health department said that anyone who visited 4000 Old Court Road in Pikesville in Baltimore County between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 2 may have been exposed to measles.
The health department said people who were at the Pikeville address, especially those who aren't vaccinated, should monitor themselves for any early symptoms of measles, including fever. People who develop symptoms of measles should contact their health care provider, but should not go to child care, school, work or out in public, as they might have early symptoms of measles and might be contagious.
Residents who are healthy and know that they have had two doses of MMR vaccine do not need to worry or take any additional action, the health department said. However, residents who have had the vaccine, but have weakened immune systems should seek a doctor right away if they think they have been exposed.