BALTIMORE, Md. — The Maryland Department of Health has reported a third measles case in the Pikesville area.
The department had previously warned residents of potential exposure for those who visited an area of Pikesville on April 2, where the first confirmed case was found. Officials were later notified of a second case that resulted from household contact through the first case. Now, they have confirmed a third case that may have caused possible public exposures at three different locations in Pikesville.
“It is concerning that three cases of measles have been identified in Maryland in such a short period of time,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips, RN, MHA. “The measles virus can spread very easily between unvaccinated people, and there have been large outbreaks in several other areas of the country. Vaccination is the best way to stop additional infections. We are asking that Marylanders ensure they and their families are up-to-date on vaccinations against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Anyone who has visited the areas listed below may have been exposed to the virus:
• 4000 Old Court Rd in Pikesville on Sunday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
• Market Maven (1630 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Seven Mile Market (201 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville) on Sunday, April 14 from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Officials have contacted people who have been exposed at additional locations.
Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection which is easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours.
Early symptoms of measles are a fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. If you believe you have the virus, contact your doctor before visiting their office so they can make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk.
For more information on the measles outbreak, click here.