|Posted on July 20, 2016 at 1:35 AM|
Last week, a child in Denver was diagnosed with measles. This is a big deal because measles is VERY contagious; it spreads by airborne transmission, meaning it can cross an entire room in seconds and expose everyone in it. Not everyone who is exposed will get measles; some people’s immune systems are able to fight it off, especially if they have already been vaccinated. But no vaccine is 100% protective.
The incubation period is 1-3 weeks, meaning that after a person is exposed to measles, they might get the symptoms of the disease in 1-3 weeks. Symptoms of measles are: fever over 101, cough, runny nose, pink eye, and a red spotty rash that starts on the face and migrates down the body.
The reason doctors worry so much about measles is not the disease itself, but the complications.
- 1 in 10 children will get an ear infection with measles, and about 1 in 10 of these will get permanent hearing loss
- 1 in 20 children with measles get pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death from measles
- 1 in 1,000 children will get brain damage
- 1-2 in 1,000 children will die from measles
- Pregnant woman who get measles can have a miscarriage or have a baby with birth defects
The child in Denver got sick while traveling internationally. This child went to the following locations while sick, and may have exposed people in these locations. If you were in one of these locations in the beginning of July, and you develop fever, cold symptoms, or a rash before August 5th, please call a doctor right away. You should wear a mask in public or at the doctor’s office, or better yet, have a doctor come to your home so you can be tested.
Exposure locations and times:
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Highlands Ranch
9362 S. Colorado Blvd. #D-08, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
July 8, 3:30-6:40pm and July 11, 3:30-6:40pm
9551 S. University Blvd, Littleton, CO 80126
July 11, 4:30-7:45pm
9563 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
July 11, 5:45-8pm
Southeast Denver Pediatrics
11960 Lioness Way #200, Parker, CO 80134
July 12, 9:50am-12:15pm; July 13, 9:50am-12:35pm; and July 14, 11:35am.–1:45pm
10001 Commons St., Lone Tree, CO 80124
July 12, 11am-2pm
Sky Ridge Pediatric Emergency Department (Evergreen Building)
10107 Ridge Gate Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124
July 14, 12:30-9:45pm
Pediatric Unit at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian St. Luke’s
2001 High Street., Denver, CO 80205
July 14, 8:30pm - July 15, 3:30am