Measles case confirmed in Northern Virginia

This is the skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection; treated at a New York hospital. Photo credit: CDC

FAIRFAX, Va. (WAVY) — Health officials confirmed a new case of measles in Northern Virginia, and the person infected spent time in Fairfax County and Washington, D.C. before the diagnosis.

According to the state health department, that infected person was contagious between May 10 and May 16, 2015. That person has been released from hospital care and is no longer contagious.

Officials want to get the word out about where that person visited, in case anyone else became infected. The locations in Virginia and D.C. include a hotel, a medical campus and an apartment complex.

Measles is highly contagious, spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with nasal, mouth and throat secretions from an infected person.

However, health experts say those who are vaccinated have a very low risk of catching measles. For more information on measles, visit the Virginia Department of Health site.

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