Possible measles exposure at Indiana children’s museum during total eclipse event, officials say

ABC NEWS – People who attended a total solar eclipse event at a children’s museum in Indiana may have been exposed to measles, according to museum and health officials.

An infected individual traveled to the event at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on April 8 from out of state, the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) said in a news release late Friday afternoon.

Melissa McMasters, administrator of infectious disease and immunizations at the MCPHD, told ABC News the local county department was informed about the infected patient from the state Department of Health.

“Measles is one of those reportable diseases that’s required to be reported by law because of the public health significance of it,” she said.

No information will be made available about the patient including name, age, sex, race/ethnicity or what state they are from due to privacy laws, McMasters said.

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“It’s really upsetting that we’re investing so much time and energy, money, resources into this when we know that if we have a highly vaccinated public, we won’t be seeing these cases.”

Anyone who was exposed to measles, and is susceptible, would likely see symptoms before Monday, April 22, but symptoms could appear as late as April 29, according to the health department.

There were 3,527 people in attendance on April 8, the children’s museum said, adding that it sent out emails notifying households in attendance that day for whom it had contact information, as well as notified all staff and volunteers.

The first symptoms of measles typically begin seven to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, a runny nose and red, watery eyes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

“Complications from measles can be relatively benign, such as rashes, or they can be much more severe, including viral sepsis, pneumonia or encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain.” 


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