State health officials confirm one case of measles in eastern Nebraska.
The person who’s infected reportedly spent time in several busy areas of two of Nebraska’s most populous counties, Douglas and Sarpy.
Measles is highly contagious and can be spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.
Measles symptoms usually appear within 7 to 14 days. They include fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and then a rash that spreads all over the body.
If you’re showing signs, get to a doctor right away.
It’s possible people nearby were exposed on the following dates and locations:
- Eppley Airfield, Omaha
March 12, 2017
- Delta flight 798 from Minneapolis to Omaha
8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- South Terminal and 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.
There is a measles vaccination which is highly effective. Studies show more than 97 percent of people who receive two doses of vaccine are protected.
Health officials say it’s wise for all Nebraskans to know if they have measles immunity. A person is considered immune if they have two doses of vaccine or were born before 1957.
Measles is rare in Nebraska. There were no cases reported last year, three in 2015 and one measles case in 2014. Before that, the last measles case in a Nebraska resident was in the early 1990s.