Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has announced they are notifying some patients and visitors that they might have been exposed to the measles virus.
According to a spokeswoman, a patient showing symptoms of the measles went to the hospital’s emergency department, on August 18. Blood test results returned on August 24 and suggest that it’s very likely that the patient has the measles.
Staff are currently contacting people who were in or around the emergency department check-in area between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on August 18.
Officials believe that the risk of the infection spreading is low because staff responded so quickly.
Measles is highly contagious but preventable if someone receives a vaccine.
Some symptoms of the virus are: rash, high fever, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes.
More information on the disease is found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.