Measles Scare at Please Touch Museum

The Department of Health sent out an alert.

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UPDATE: According to multiple reports, the Health Department has indicated that the person did not, in fact, test positive for measles.

ORIGINAL:

If you were at the Please Touch Museum on Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health says you may have been exposed to the measles.

A health alert issued by the department indicated that a person who “likely has measles” visited the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park on Monday, December 29th between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and also the CVS at 316 East Lancaster Avenue in Wayne on Sunday, December 28th between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

According to the Department of Health, even if you had a measles vaccine, you’re not necessarily safe:

Although the vaccine for measles is highly effective, the following groups of
individuals are at risk of becoming infected if they have had contact with an
infected individual:

• Infants less than one year of age who are too young to have received the
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine;

• Individuals who were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used
from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated;

• Individuals born after 1957 who have only received one dose of MMR
vaccine;

• Individuals who refused vaccination; and

• Individuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage
or circulating measles.

As of Friday morning, the museum hadn’t mentioned the department’s warning on its Facebook page.

Full release below.