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For Immediate Release
March 27, 2017

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356
Shavonna Lausterer, Sarpy/Cass Health Department, 402-506-1553
Phil Rooney, Douglas County Health Department, 402-444-6427
Measles Case Update - Additional Location Identified
Lincoln – An additional location has been identified in relation to the case of measles in eastern Nebraska.
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland        
March 13, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Last week the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received a report of a confirmed case of measles. The person spent time in Douglas, Cass and Sarpy counties. Measles is a highly contagious disease spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and it’s possible that other people who were in the same locations may have been exposed.
Other locations included:
Eppley Airfield, Omaha
March 12, 2017
Delta flight 798 from Minneapolis to Omaha 
8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
South Terminal     
10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
South Baggage Claim    
10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Hampton Inn, 12331 Southport Pkwy La Vista
March 12, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Urgent Care of Papillion, S 73rd Plaza 
March 15, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
CHI Urgent Care, S 96th St La Vista  
March 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Bergan Mercy Hospital Emergency Room, Omaha
March 15, 2017 - 8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
If people visited one of these locations and come down with a fever and a rash, they should see a health care provider. Those most at risk of being infected with the measles are people who have had no doses or only one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or who have not had the measles.
Symptoms of measles generally begin within 7-14 days after exposure.  It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It can also cause severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis.
Measles vaccination is highly effective. Studies show more than 97 percent of people who receive two doses of vaccine are protected.
Measles is not a new disease but it’s something we haven’t seen very often in Nebraska over the last several decades. There were no measles cases in 2016, three in 2015 and one measles case in 2014. Prior to that, the last measles case in a Nebraska resident was in the early 90s.
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