Officials investigating measles case, possible exposure to others in DC and Fairfax County

Measles may be making the rounds in the D.C. area again. The Fairfax County Health Department and the D.C. Department of Health are investigating a recent confirmed case.

Officials say an adult who recently traveled overseas was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital, has been discharged and is no longer contagious. However, the concern is not over.

There is a possibility others were exposed after the patient visited multiple locations in Washington D.C. and Fairfax County before being diagnosed.

The Fairfax County Health Department said in a news release, "Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual. While few measles cases are reported in the United States, the disease is common in many parts of the world.

"Symptoms of measles usually appear within 7 to 21 days after exposure and can include fever greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough, followed by a blotchy rash that appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. The disease is most severe in infants and adults."

Officials say the individual was contagious between May 10 and May 16 before being diagnosed and people may have been exposed to this affected person at the following locations:

Locations in Washington, D.C.:

Location Exposure Time Health Department to Call for Questions/Concerns
Embassy Suites
900 10th St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Sunday, May 10 through
Friday, May 15, All hours
D.C. Dept. of Health
202-420-0199
IFC Building
2121 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Monday, May 11
7 a.m.-2 p.m.
D.C. Dept. of Health
202-420-0199

Locations in Fairfax County, Va.:

Location Exposure Time Health Department to Call
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
Emergency Department
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Va.
Tuesday, May 12
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
North Tower (Floors 6-11)
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Va.
Friday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. to Saturday,
May 16 at 3 p.m.
Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
North Tower (Lobby)
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Va.
Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
Women's and Children's Bldg.
(Ground Level & Basement)
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Va.
Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511
Woodburn Medical Park Building #2
3289 Woodburn Road
Annandale, Va.
Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511
The Shelby Apartments,
6200 N. Kings Highway Alexandria, Va.
Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Fairfax County HD
703-267-3511

People who may have been at these locations are being asked to contact their health department in that area to determine their risk for measles.

Those in Fairfax County can call 703-267-3511 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. For those in Washington, D.C., you can contact the D.C. Department of Health at 202-420-0199.

Click here for more information about measles and Fairfax County Health Department's investigation on the measles case.

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