UW Hospital and Clinics Tracking Possible Measles Exposure
Madison, Wisconsin - UW Hospital and Clinics is notifying staff and the larger community of a potential exposure to measles.
An adult patient came to the emergency department mid-afternoon, February 1, and was discharged February 3. Laboratory results received last night strongly support that the patient was infected with the virus that causes measles. The relevant public health departments have been notified.
UW Hospital and Clinics is contacting patients who were in the hospital during the timeframe mentioned above and who may be at risk for measles.
Patients and visitors who were in the Emergency Department from 3pm until midnight on February 1 and who have not been immunized against measles or are uncertain about vaccination status are strongly encouraged to contact Dane County Public Health at (608) 243-0456 for follow-up immediately to minimize new exposures.
Although the vast majority of people are vaccinated and would have protection against measles, those potentially exposed, whether immunized or not, should watch for symptoms of measles through February 24.
Symptoms of measles include:
- High fever
- Pink eye
- A rash
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be spread through the air. The disease can cause serious complications, particularly in vulnerable groups. More information about measles is available at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.
Date Published: 02/06/2014