Two Rivers Public Health Department issues alert about possible measles exposure


Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) reports that possible exposure to measles may have occurred at a recent sporting event in North Platte attended by individuals of a local school district within the TRPHD area (Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps Counties). TRPHD is working with the school district to notify parents and students of this possible exposure. TRPHD recommends reviewing your vaccine history to see if you are protected against measles (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella –MMR vaccine).

A soccer tournament was recently held at Madison Middle School in North Platte. Madison Middle School was identified as a possible measles exposure site from April 1, 2017 to April 10, 2017. The case of measles in North Platte is continuing to be investigated by West Central District Health Department and Nebraska Health and Human Services but no link to the confirmed case in Omaha last month has been identified. According to a West Central District Health Department press release from April 15, the following were also listed as possible exposure sites along with Madison Middle School:

  • New Life Church Youth Group April 5, 2017 (6:00pm – 10:30 pm)
  • Great Plains Health Emergency Room April 10, 2017 (6:00pm – 2:30 am on April 11)
  • Precise Medical Care April 11, 2017 (8:00am – 2:00pm)
  • Great Plains Health Pavilion in Pathology Services April 11, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:00pm) and April 17, 2017 (12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
  • Eisenhower Elementary School April 2, 2017 to April 13, 2017
  • North Platte Airport Diner April 17, 2017 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Suspect Exposure at GNAC Soccer Tournament and Adams and Madison Soccer Fields, restrooms, and concession areas (April 7, 2017 to April 8, 2017)
  • Big Apple in Kearney April 15, 2017 (4:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
  • Shell Gas Station 108 2nd Ave in Kearney April 15, 2017 (8:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m.)
  • Kwik Stop, 4th and Poplar in North Platte April 17, 2017 (4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Communicable Disease Analyst Kendra Hansen reminds residents, “Measles symptoms include a fever that can spike at 105 °F, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the disease—from four days before developing the measles rash through four days afterward.”

Those infected with the decease could develop symptoms up to 21 days after their exposure.

Two Rivers Public Health Department is asking for your help to ensure early recognition, appropriate testing, and thorough investigation of suspected cases. It is strongly encouraged that individuals contact their health provider immediately if they suspect measles. As of Tuesday afternoon, no cases of measles have been detected in the Two Rivers Public Health Department area.

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