Health officials warn of possible measles exposures in Lancaster County

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Pennsylvania health officials say someone with a suspected case of measles visited Lancaster County stores and offices and may have exposed others to the disease.

Health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the patient, a Franklin County resident, is the same person who visited the emergency department at Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Aug. 18.

The Health Department notified Penn State Hershey patients and visitors over the weekend that they might have been exposed to measles.

Levine said exposures may have occurred at the following times and locations on Aug. 16:

– Cornerstone Retreat, 5275 Lincoln Highway, Gap, from approximately 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.;

– Wawa, 787 Route 41, Gap,  from approximately 2:30 – 5:15 p.m.;

– Belmont Fabrics, 145 Belmont Road, Paradise, from approximately 3:30 – 6 p.m.; and

– Beiler’s Manufacturing and Supply, 3025 Irishtown Road, Ronks, from approximately 4:40 – 7 p.m.

People who have been properly immunized against measles have a minimal risk of getting the disease. If you believe you might have been exposed and experience symptoms, call your healthcare provider or the Health Department at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

The department will hold free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines at clinics for anyone who may have been exposed and is not vaccinated.

Appointments are not necessary.

The vaccination clinics are planned:

– Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Lancaster County State Health Center, 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

– Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Dauphin County State Health Center, 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;

– Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Franklin County State Health Center, 375 Floral Ave. Suite 1, Chambersburg, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

– Thursday, Aug. 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1258 Newport Road, Penryn, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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