Out of an abundance of caution, health officials are expanding a warning of potential exposure to measles to include the Bethesda area with the discovery of a second person with the illness in the D.C. region.
The Virginia Department of Health had initially warned of potential exposure in Loudoun, Herndon and Chantilly last month.
"The second case of measles was confirmed in a person who was a close contact of the first case," according to Lorrie Andrew-Spear, a Virginia Department of Health spokesperson. "National Capital Region health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed to this second case."
The new list of potential exposures includes medical offices, restaurants, cafes, markets and events in South Riding, Herndon, Fairfax, Arlington, Bethesda and Washington, D.C.
People who were at the locations listed below, at the times indicated, may have been exposed to the measles virus.
Sun., May 11
- Palisades Farmer’s Market (open air market), MacArthur Blvd & Chain Bridge Rd., Washington, DC, 8 a.m.-12 noon
- Art Fair Outdoor (temporary market), Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD, 10:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Prep Matters (Waiting room), 5001 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD, 11:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Farmer’s Market, Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Mon., May 12
- Starbucks, 2407 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA, 7:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m.
- South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tues., May 13
- South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at, 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Nysmith School for the Gifted, 13625 Eds Dr., Herndon, VA, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wed., May 14
- Lifetime Fitness (Athletic Club), 1757 Business Center Dr., Reston, VA, 8:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
- South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Whole Foods, 4501 Market Commons Dr., Fairfax, VA, 1:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Nysmith School for the Gifted, 13625 Eds Dr. Herndon, VA 20814, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
- Bon Chon Chicken, 13320 Franklin Farm Rd., Herndon, VA, 2:45 p.m.–6 p.m.
- Mother’s Macaroons, 2442 N. Harrison St., Arlington, VA, 3:30 p.m.-6:40 p.m.
- Homemade Pizza, 4514 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA, 3:45 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Arrow Wine & Cheese, 4508 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, 3:50 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs., May 15
- CVS, 1452 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA, 6:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
- Giant, 1454 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA, 6:40 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
- Starbucks, 1438 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA, 10:10 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
- McLean Medical Associates and other businesses at 6862 Elm St. McLean, VA, 10:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
Measles spreads through coughing, sneezing and contact with an infected individual, according to a Va. health department release. Symptoms start with a fever greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. This is followed days later with a rash on the face that spreads over the entire body.
"Based on these dates of exposure, anyone infected with the measles virus may develop symptoms as late as June 5, 2014," Andrew-Spear said.
People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures, according to Andrew-Spear.
If you have never received MMR vaccine, you may be at risk of measles. Monitor your health and if you notice symptoms of measles (see below), immediately isolate yourself in your home to limit your exposure to others and call your primary health care provider to discuss further care.
Call ahead before going to the doctor’s office or the emergency room and tell them that you were exposed to measles.