The Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of measles in Dallas County and say it is being treated as a public health emergency.
The say the infected individual was on a flight from Chicago to Des Moines and also visited the Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The specific dates and times are as follows:
American Airlines Flight AA3965
Departed Chicago O'Hare: 11:55 a.m.
Arrived Des Moines International Airport: 1:05 p.m.
Des Moines International Airport – main terminal and baggage area
1:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic
330 Laurel St, Ste 2100, Des Moines Iowa
10:00 a.m. to close (offices closed at 2:00 p.m.)
Mercy Medical Center – Main Entrance, including waiting room, registration, outpatient testing and blood draw station areas
1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
If you visited the above locations at the times listed, you are urged to make sure you have received two MMR vaccines. Anyone older than their mid-50s and knows that they had measles as a child does not need to be vaccinated.
If you have been at these places during these times and have not received two doses of MMR, or are not sure if you have received two MMRs, you should contact your county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated. The public health department says it's important to schedule an appointment with your health care provider so you don't risk exposing others to measles. Until arrangements are made, stay home and do not go into any public places.
The symptoms of measles include any or all of the following: fever, cough, red/pink eyes, runny nose and a rash. Anyone, regardless of age, who has not had measles or has not adequately responded to two doses of MMR, can get measles if exposed. Measles can cause serious illness, pneumonia, deafness, and brain inflammation. Two to three people out of 1,000 who get measles die from the disease. It is easily spread through the air and there is no treatment for the illness, so prevention is critical.