Test: Health officials urge Utahns to take measles assessment test to check risk

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah – An outbreak of measles in California has spread to Utah, where there are currently two confirmed cases of the disease in Utah County.

"It is so infectious that virtually everyone susceptible who is exposed will be getting it, 90 percent,” said Dr. Joseph Miner, executive director of the Utah County Health Department.

TEST: Click here to take the measles assessment test to check your exposure risk

The two patients are siblings, both under the age of 18. During a vacation in California last month, they contracted the measles while visiting Disneyland, likely on the day of December 17.

“This could easily turn from two people into dozens,” Miner said. “Hundreds of people if you don't aggressively jump on it very quickly.”

The Utah patients would have been contagious from December 27 to January 5, which means anyone they came into contact with during that time could have been exposed.

A list of locations the children visited has been compiled in an effort to determine who may be impacted.  If you recall being at any of the spots below, you are asked to contact the Utah Poison Control Center at 1-800-456-7707.

  • Friday, 12/26/2014 – Macey’s Grocery Store, Orem, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 12/26/2014 – Cinemark Movies 8, Provo, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 12/26/2014 – Carmike Wynnsong 12, Provo, 10:00 p.m. to closing
  • Sunday, 12/28/2014 – Geneva Heights LDS Church Building, 847 West 800 North, Orem, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 12/29/2014 – Walmart, Sandhill Road, Orem, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 1/2/2015 – Orem Community Hospital, East Entrance Lobby, Lab, or Gift Shop, Orem, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1/3/2015 – Timpanogos Regional Hospital, ER Waiting Room & Registration Desk, Orem, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1/3/2015 – Timpanogos Regional Hospital Lab Waiting Room, Orem, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1/4/2015 – Timpanogos Regional Hospital Lab Waiting Room, Orem, 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Thus far, about a dozen people have been asked to quarantine themselves because of their interactions with the kids.  According to Dr. Allyn Nakashima of the Utah Department of Health, that number could increase.

“It’s important to stop this early,” Dr. Nakashima said. “There's no way for us to find them unless they come forward."

Neither child involved in these cases had been immunized for measles. According to the Utah Department of Health, the MMR vaccine provides 99.7 percent protection from the disease when given in two doses.

“For the most part, the United States has been measles free,” Nakashima said. “Except for these sporadic outbreaks from re-introductions of the virus.”

Vaccination within 72 hours of exposure to measles in unvaccinated persons can still provide protection in some cases.

Symptoms of the measles include a fever of 101 degrees or higher, cough, runny nose and a rash that spreads to cover the body.

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9 comments

    • trevor

      But vaccinations cause autism… lol

      I agree with you. I wish people weren’t so afraid of vaccinations. And hopefully they remember to get booster shots later in life.

    • Republitaricrat

      Most children born in the US are vaccinated, and while is doesn’t guarantee that you wont get the disease, in a population where most are vaccinated diseases can be destroyed altogether. The problem is not vaccination awareness, but illegal immigrants. The breakout is in California. Guess why

      • jessica

        Did you read the part where neither of these two children were vaccinated? Our decline in vaccination rates in the U.S. and Europe and subsequent outbreaks due to the breakdown of herd immunity should not be blamed on illegal immigrants. It is easier to blame our problems on others though, isn’t it?

      • idon'tthinkso

        You are completely naive. These two children that are possibly spreading this disease here in Utah, are from a good ole Caucasian, Christian, American-born family/household. The problem isn’t with immigrants, but nice try, bigot

    • Gerald L. King II

      AND keep in mind that if you are exposed, even if you don’t have the symptoms, you could STILL be contagious. Vaccines do not stop you from getting the illness, they just lesson the symptoms.
      Unlike the Nurse back east, it is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.

  • milo minderbinder

    The parents who didn’t vaccinate their kids need to be legally liable for every single person in Utah that gets it. And that’s being forgiving. They should also get child endangerment/abuse/neglect charges.

  • safer midwifery utah

    How much do you wanna bet these were home birthing crunchy types who believed some bogus midwife or health guru about the safety of vaccines? Orem is home birth HQ here in Utah and the home birth midwives here are almost 100% anti-vaccine. I am sure that people who are immunocompromised bc of cancer or autoimmune disorders are just thrilled about these outbreaks of competely preventable diseases (sarcasm)

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