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Delaware clinic, ER visitors may have been exposed to measles

The Delaware General Health District is strongly recommending any unvaccinated person who may have been at OhioHealth Marion Area Physicians (formerly known as Smith Clinic), 6 Lexington Blvd. in Delaware, between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, to get a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine immediately.

Those at the clinic during that time may have been exposed to measles. The possible exposure occurred when a patient went to the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital and to a physician’s office seeking care.

Getting an MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure should provide immunity from the disease.

The health district will open a special walk-in clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, only for those unvaccinated persons exposed at the clinic May 1. Most insurance is accepted; no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Additional exposure dates and locations include: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room; and between the hours of 11 p.m. April 27 and 4 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the ER. Those exposed on these dates and location should call the health district at 740-368-1700 on Monday, May 5, and ask to speak with a public health nurse.

More than 90 percent of people who are not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide full protection against measles to 99 out of every 100 people vaccinated.

Symptoms begin about 10-12 days after a person is exposed and include fever followed by a blotchy rash, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, achiness and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth.

Some residents may be unprotected against measles and mumps today if they were born before 1987 and were not required to get a second dose of MMR vaccine for school. Those born before 1957 likely developed immunity from exposure to measles and mumps.

For more information call 740-368-1700.