DENVER (AP) – Colorado health officials have now confirmed two cases of measles in the Denver area in the first cases reported in the state since 2006.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Thursday that one case was confirmed in a man who traveled to Denver from India last month. That man was infectious when he visited the Dermatology and Laser Institute of Colorado in Lone Tree.
On Friday, the department said a second case of measles has been confirmed in a man who visited the same doctor’s office. State epidemiologist Lisa Miller says that man may have exposed others to the disease, and more cases could start popping up.
In 2006, Colorado had a single confirmed case.
Symptoms include a runny nose, rash, fever, cough and red, watery eyes.
Officials said the second man may have exposed others to the disease at the following locations and times:
— Lone Tree Medical Plaza, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree, Monday-Thursday
— Kent Denver School’s middle school graduation, Anschutz Theatre, 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Village, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday
— Hodsons Bar & Grill, 6851 S. Gaylord St., Centennial, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday
— Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, 6-9 p.m. Monday
— Highlands Ranch Orthodontics, 1420 W. Canal Court, Littleton, 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday
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“In this day and age we are having a situation where again you’er a plane ride away from a measles disease in a third world country, and that could be a very big problem in the state of Colorado,” said Dr. Richard Vogt, Tri-County Health Executive Director.
The state health department is advising people who were at the locations at those times to be vaccinated and to watch for symptoms including a blotchy rash, fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
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