Colorado is now reporting two measles cases in the state. They are the first since 2006.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, they have been notified of an adult man who traveled to the Denver area from India on May 14 and tested positive for measles at the state laboratory on June 4.
Officials say the man was infectious when he visited a small doctor's office and later when he was hospitalized for the disease at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Both the doctor's office and Sky Ridge Medical Center were exposed and have notified patients.
A second man who was in the doctor's office has now gotten ill with the measles. He could have passed it on to other people.
“Most people are protected against measles, but unvaccinated patients and visitors who were at Sky Ridge Medical Center between May 25 and 27 may be at risk for developing measles." Dr. Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist, said. "These people should contact their health care provider if they experience a rash and fever.”
People may have been exposed to the measles from the first patient at the following places:
-The Emergency Department from 6 p.m. on May 25 to 3 a.m. on May 26
- The Intensive Care Unit from 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 26
- Any hospital area from 5:30 p.m. on May 26 through midnight on May 27
Officials say the man was infectious as late as June 17. The incubation period for measles is from seven to 21 days.
The second patient could have spread the disease at the following locations:
• Lone Tree Medical Plaza, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree, June 3-6
• Kent Denver School’s middle school graduation, Anschutz Theatre., 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Village, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3
• Hodsons Bar & Grill, 6851 S. Gaylord St., Centennial, 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 3
• Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, 6-9 p.m. June 3
• Highlands Ranch Orthodontics,1420 W. Canal Ct., Littleton, 3-5:30 p.m. June 5
According to the state health department, measles symptoms include the following:
-red watery eyes
-facial rash that begins two to four days after the other symptoms. This generally spreads to the hands and feet.
For more information about measles, the public can call CO-HELP at 877-462-2911.