Another measles case reported in Allegheny County

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Allegheny County health officials are urging residents to report any illness associated with fever and rash after a second case of measles in the county in the past month.

County Health Department said it is not known whether both measles cases are related.

In the latest case, the Health Department has notified the person’s workplace and doctors’ offices, but it has also identified three other places where exposure to the disease might have occurred:

• At an office building at 2790 Mosside Blvd. in Monroeville, main lobby or elevator from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16.

• Berry Quool, a yogurt store, on Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont from 5 to 7:30 p.m., May 17

• Citizen’s Bank Building, 525 William Penn Place, Downtown, main lobby and elevator from 9 to 11 a.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 19; or from 9 to 11 a.m. or 6 to 8 p.m., May 20.

Symptoms of the disease can begin seven to 21 days after exposure, and include a runny nose, red and watery eyes, cough and fever. After four days, a raised red rash starts on the face and spreads downward to the neck, torso and extremities. The rash usually lasts four to seven days.

People who are exhibiting measles symptoms and have visited one of the above locations of possible exposure should contact their primary care provider immediately and to avoid any office, urgent care center or emergency room to minimize the risk of exposing others, health officials said.

Those susceptible to the measles virus are people who have not been immunized, especially anyone born after 1957 who hasn't received two doses of the measles vaccine MMR, people with compromised immune systems due to disease or medication, and pregnant women, according to health officials.

Resulting complications can include pneumonia, ear infection, diarrhea, inflammation of the brain, and even death. It can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

Health care providers who suspect measles should call the Health Department at 412-687-2243.

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