Va. Reports First Measles Case This Year

No known link between this case and other Metro D.C. area cases

Richmond, Va. - The Virginia Department of Health says a Prince William County resident has measles, the state's first confirmed case of the virus this year.

Among the places the person visited recently were a 7-Eleven and a Safeway in Woodbridge, the IHOP in Falls Church, and Ultra Bar in D.C., according to a press release on the health department's web site, He also went to Potomac Mills Mall between 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on April 11. He went to the Against All Odds store.

People who were at those sites at the time periods listed and who are not vaccinated are urged to contact their public health departments.

DCist also reported another confirmed case in D.C.

Tuesday's announcement comes as health officials across the Washington region investigate five other cases of the highly contagious disease that usually causes a red skin rash.

While most people with measles will recover, 20 percent of cases experience one or more complications, especially among children under 5 years of age and adults over 20 years.

People who think they may have measles or may have been exposed to someone with measles should first call their local emergency room or doctor’s office before seeking care.  Frequent handwashing and covering one’s cough will help limit the spread of disease.

Several places and times where exposure to the measles was possible were released Monday. The following were announced Tuesday:

  • Against All Odds at Potomac Mills Mall, April 11, from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ulta Bar, 911 F Street NW from 11:45 p.m. April 11 to 5 a.m. April 12
  • 7-Eleven, 1445 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, Va., April 15, 11:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Safeway, 2205 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, Va., April 15, 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Harris Teeter, 8200 Crestwood Heights Drive, McLean, Va., April 10 from 9:45 p.m. to 12 a.m., April 11 from 12 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., April 12 from 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., April 13 from 9:45 p.m. to 12 a.m., April 14 from 12 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.
  • IHOP, 6655 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va., April 12 from 4:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • CVS, 9009 Silverbrook Road, Fairfax Station, Va., April 14 from 4:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

If you may have been exposed to measles in Virignia, call (800) 533-4148. In D.C., call 311 if you are a resident or (202) 737-4404 if you are not a resident.

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