(WJLA) - Two Northern Virginia counties announced Tuesday that a confirmed case of the measles has exposed a certain number of people.
A person with the measles was reported to have been at a number of locations in Loudoun and Fairfax counties between April 23 and May 1. It is being reported that the individual visited a foreign country before contracting the disease, but would not specify which country.
"With kids you've got to worry - especially because it'll spread like that," said Randy Haddadin, who says he was warned by his daughter's day care today about the possible measles exposure. His older daughter Noor has been vaccinated, but 17-month-old Zen has not. That's about to change.
"We're taking care of it," said Randy. "We went ahead and got an appointment right away, so tomorrow morning she'll get a shot."
"If you were not vaccinated, then you are susceptible to being infected, and that's why we want people to be on the lookout," said Dr. David Goodfriend, Director of the Loudoun County Health Department. "The large majority of people who do get it have foreign travel, and the large majority was not vaccinated."
Dr. Goodfriend describes stage one of the measles as involving a high fever, runny nose, and a cough. Stage two involves a rash over the entire body.
Health officials say that the person with measles went to a number of places in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties - mostly in either Chantilly or South Riding - everywhere from this medical center to a CVS to this Target, where we talked with shoppers tonight.
"I got alarmed because it's so close," said Fairfax County resident, Nydia Alcazar.
Officials warn that any unvaccinated persons who were at the same locations may have been exposed to the disease.
"Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed," a statement by the Virginia Department of Health indicated Tuesday.
Listed below are the dates, times and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the case of measles:
Lotte Plaza, 13955 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151, Wednesday, April 23 between 7-11 p.m.
Chantilly Department of Motor Vehicles, 14950 Northridge Drive, Chantilly VA 20151, Friday, April 25 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
CVS Pharmacy, 24795 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly, VA 20152, Sunday, April 27 between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 29 between 3:30-8 p.m.
Inova Dulles South Urgent Care Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly, VA 20152, Sunday, April 27 between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Harris Teeter, 25401 Eastern Marketplace Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152, Sunday, April 27 between 1-4:30 p.m.
South Riding Pediatrics and other businesses at 25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA 20152, Monday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 29 between 3-7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 30 between 3:300-8 p.m.
Target, 14391 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151, Monday, April 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Home Depot, 25000 Riding Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152, Wednesday, April 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Inova Dulles South Radiology Imaging Center and other businesses at 24801 Pinebrook Road, Chantilly VA 20152, Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, between Wednesday, April 30 at 5-11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 in the following units/rooms only: Pediatric Medical and Surgery Rooms 319 to 322 of Labor and Delivery, Psychiatry, O3 Family Centered Care, ApheresisDiagnostic Radiology.
Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual.
Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.
"Based on the date of exposure, we have determined that if you were infected with measles, you may develop symptoms as late as May 22, 2014," the Health Department's statement advised.
Residents with additional questions about this measles investigation can call 1-877-275-8343 (within Virginia). For more information on measles, visit this website.