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According to a press release issued by the Health District, the patient was an international visitor and the possible exposure occurred between March 9-11. The Health District informs individuals who may be in contact with this patient and will not issue any additional information about the patient.
Since measles may be contagious, the Health District advises people who visit the following locations in Las Vegas at the time specified below to review their immunization status and contact their care providers health if they are not fully vaccinated against measles and have not had any illness yet. They should also contact their health care providers if they have fever with rash or other measles-compatible symptoms within 21 days after their visit to these locations:
- Treasure Island's Desk Hotel and Casino / TI / registration and main hotel lobby, 3300 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, between 2 pm and 5 pm March 9.
- Desert Springs Hospital / Emergency Department, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, between 11 p.m. March 10 and 6 am March 11.
It is recommended that anyone with a symptom contact the health care office before entering the health care facility to allow the facility to make appropriate arrangements to ensure that no the disease is spreading.
Symptoms May start up to 21 days after exposure to the virus. On average, an infected patient will have a fever of about 10 days after exposure to the virus . The fever may last for two to four days and may reach a maximum of 105 degrees. Subsequently, people often develop a runny nose, cough and red eyes.
About 14 days after exposure, the rash will appear and may take up to five to six days. It starts with the hair line, moves to the face and neck, and eventually reaches the hands and feet. The illness may spread about four days before the rash appears and four days later.
The risk of illness is low for people who have previously been immunized or diagnosed with illness, according to the Health District. The measles vaccine is effective; However, some people may not be adequately protected. Recommendations for measles vaccination may vary depending on age, occupation or health status. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination webpage.
The masses can spread to people who are susceptible and can result in serious infection resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, seizure and death. Many people born before 1957 had a childhood illness and the younger people were regularly vaccinated against it.
People who have measles or are given adequate immunization against it are protected. Immune can be determined by a blood test.
For information about Health District vaccination clinics, call 702-759-0850. Vaccinations are available at the following locations:
- Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Boulevard, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
- East Las Vegas Center Health Center, 560 N Nellis Boulevard, Suite E12, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
- Henderson Clinic's Southern Health District, 874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson, Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Friday 8 am until 1 pm Closed daily 1 pm until 2 p.m. By appointment only. Call 702-759-0960.
- Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Closed noon to 1 p.m. By appointment only. Call 702-759-1682.
Visit the Southern Nevada Health District website for more information.