Kentucky reports measles case, Individual attended Asbury University revival


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On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) announced a confirmed case of measles identified in a Jessamine County resident.


The resident, who is not vaccinated, attended a large spiritual revival on the campus of Asbury University on February 18.

“Anyone who attended the revival on February 18th may have been exposed to measles,” said KDPH Commissioner Dr. Stephen Stack. “Attendees who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to self-quarantine for 21 days and seek immunization with the measles vaccine, which is a safe and effective vaccine.”

KDPH actively collaborates with Asbury University, the Jessamine County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Three cases of measles have now been confirmed in Kentucky over the past three months. The first case was reported in December 2022, in Christian County, and has been linked to an outbreak in Ohio. The second case was reported in January in Powell County and there have been no known exposures or connection to the outbreak in Ohio. These two previous cases have been thoroughly investigated and neither poses a threat to public health.

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Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus that spreads through the air. early symptoms of
Measles is typical of many upper respiratory illnesses–fever, cough, conjunctivitis, runny nose–and passes the characteristic rash three to five days after symptoms begin.

“If you have been exposed on the Asbury University campus and develop any symptoms, whether or not you have been previously vaccinated or not, please isolate yourself from others and contact your medical provider, urgent care or emergency department for testing,” Dr. Stack said. “Please do not arrive at a healthcare facility without prior notice so that others are not exposed.”

In the United States, the first dose of the measles vaccine in combination with the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is routinely given to children 12 months to 15 months of age. A second dose of MMR is given routinely at ages 4 to 6 years. Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine are 97% effective in preventing measles if exposed to the virus.

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