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Tulsa Health Dept. investigating measles case, says public could have been exposed

Authorities say measles was identified in someone who came back to Oklahoma after recently traveling internationally. (Courtesy of MGN)

The Tulsa Health Department is investigating a measles case in Tulsa.

Authorities say measles was identified in someone who came back to Oklahoma after recently traveling internationally. The person who was infected went to several places in Tulsa before the diagnosis and anyone who's under the age of 60 and who hasn't been vaccinated is at risk of having contracted it.

Since measles is a highly contagious disease -- you can catch measles just by being in the same room as someone who has it -- the Health Department has issued a list of places and dates where people might have been exposed:

  • Southern Hills Country Club (2636 East 61st Street) on Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Church of Saint Mary (1347 East 49th Place) during the following dates and times: Friday, March 30 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Prairie Fire Pie (1303 East 15th Street) on Friday, March 30 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tulsa International Airport (7777 East Apache Street) on Sunday, April 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. The specific areas include the United and American Airlines desks in the lower level ticketing area.
  • Whole Foods Market (1401 East 41st Street) on Sunday, April 1 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • William Building (6585 S Yale Ave) on Monday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Boston Deli Grill & Market (6231 East 61st Street) on Monday, April 2 from 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Laureate Institute for Brain Research (6655 South Yale Avenue) on Monday, April 2 from 3 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Walgreens (6040 South Yale Avenue) on Monday, April 2 from 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Warren Clinic Tower (6600 South Yale Avenue) on Tuesday, April 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The specific areas include elevators, waiting room, X-ray and laboratory collection services.


Anyone who is concerned about possible exposure should call the Tulsa Health Department's measles information hotline at 918-595-4500.

MEASLES SYMPTOMS:

People who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms about 10 days after exposure with a range of 7-21 days. Symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes, and cough. A few days later, a rash appears starting on the face spreading to the rest of the body accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Symptoms can range from severe to milder, depending on the individual. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. The disease can also cause serious problems in pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

People with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the onset of the rash and until four days after the rash starts.

Information courtesy of the Tulsa Health Department.


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