Thursday, February 09, 2012

Super Bowl Medical Scare? Person Infected With Measles Mingled In Indianapolis Crowds

Once again, we get a reminder of why it is so important to get vaccinations. Today, we learn that health authorities in Indiana have discovered that someone infected with measles was in the crowds in Indanapolis for the Super Bowl festivities and that people who traveled to the city for the Super Bowl may have come into contact with the person.
The Indiana Health Department says two cases of measles have been confirmed in the state. Health officials say one of those infected with the disease was in Indianapolis two days before the game and says visitors to Super Bowl village might have been exposed.

“One of the infected individuals visited the Super Bowl festivities in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, February 3, but health officials report the individual did not go into the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center,” the health department says on its website. ”Since these events included visitors from other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified. State health officials are also working with health officials in New York and Massachusetts.”

Measles is highly contagious. Symptoms begin with a fever and cough and then a rash develops, but most Americans are vaccinated for measles as children.

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