A case of measles found in Fort Wayne, officials warn residents to look for symptoms

Note: The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health issued a corrected news release Friday night, changing the date of the measles contact to May 18, NOT May 20.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A person has tested positive for measles in Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health received the preliminary lab testing for positive measles case and more testing is pending

Officials are asking shoppers and employees of the Maysville Road Kohl’s and Walmart who were at the stores from 5pm to 8:30pm on May 18 to monitor themselves for measles symptoms.

Symptoms include:
· High Fever (101 F or higher)
· Rash that starts at hairline and spreads throughout body
· Runny nose
· Cough
· Red and watery eyes
· Sore throat and other cold-like symptoms

People who have those systems should seek medical attention immediately.

Measels is a highly contagious virus. It is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms usually occur about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A couple days after the symptoms begin, small white spots appear inside the mouth. Then a rash breaks out. During that time a person’s fever could spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, visit the Allen County Health website.

 

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