CASPER, Wyo. — Three unnvaccinated children who tested positive for measles are currently hospitalized at Children’s Colorado Hospital.
The children tested positive after “traveling to a country with an ongoing measles outbreak,” the Tri-County Health Department said on Monday, Dec. 16. They were visiting Colorado from another state.
“While infectious, they visited Denver International Airport, and Children’s Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Campus in Aurora,” the release adds. “All individuals traveling on the plane with these children or who visited CHCO during this time frame and are believed to be at risk are being contacted directly by public health.”
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“Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that causes illness characterized by fever, rash, and the triad of cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis. The incubation period for measles ranges from 7 to 21 days. Individuals who have no measles immunity and were potentially exposed at DIA or CHCO could develop symptoms until January 2, 2020, which is 21 days after the patients were infectious without being under proper isolation precautions.”
People who were at these areas of DIA or CHCO on the following dates and times may be at risk:
- 1:15 pm-5:45 pm Dec. 11 at Denver International Airport (DIA) A terminal, train to baggage claim, west baggage claim, and level 4 passenger pick up areas
- 1 pm-7:30 pm Dec. 12 at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) – Anschutz Campus Emergency Department (13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045)
“Patients and parents/guardians with potential exposures at the CHCO Emergency Department during this time are being notified directly,” the health department says. “There is little to no risk to other Emergency Department patients. Public health officials do not consider patients or visitors to other areas of CHCO to have been exposed to measles.”
“The patients also visited CHCO Anschutz Campus Emergency Department on December 14, 2019, but hospital staff immediately put facemasks on the patients and put them in a negative-pressure room. Public health officials do not consider patients or visitors in the Emergency Department or other areas of CHCO on the 14th to have been exposed to measles.”
Children under 5 years old and adults over 20 are more prone to suffer from measles symptoms.
“Complications can include ear infections (that can lead to permanent hearing loss), diarrhea, pneumonia, and more rarely, encephalitis,” the release states. “Providers with patients reporting exposures should contact public health for further guidance.”
“Individuals being seen with a fever and rash should be assessed for measles and asked about visiting any of these locations, especially if they are not vaccinated.”
“Immediately report all suspected measles cases to your local health department or CDPHE at 303-692-2700, or after-hours at 303-370-9395. Do not wait until laboratory results are available before reporting suspect measles cases.”