Out-of-town visitor tests positive for measles in Cincinnati

Out-of-town visitor tests positive for measles in Cincinnati

An out-of-town visitor has tested positive for measles in Cincinnati after flying in from Chicago to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Wednesday, April 10, according to the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD).

The individual reportedly went to Morton’s Steakhouse on Vine Street for takeout and then took a Lyft to the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati on West Fifth Street at around 9 p.m. Staff, guests, or visitors at the Hyatt Regency after 9 p.m. or anyone at the steakhouse between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 10 may have been exposed to the virus.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, and rash which typically appears 3-5 days after other symptoms start. The CHD advises those who may have been exposed to isolate themselves and call their doctor to get tested. It is important to note that people should not go to the emergency room or urgent care to get tested for measles.

The health department recommends that everyone check if they have received the MMR vaccine, which is usually a part of childhood immunizations. Those who have received the vaccine or have had measles before have a very low risk of contracting the virus.

If anyone who may have been exposed is experiencing symptoms, has questions, or wants more information, they can contact the Cincinnati Health Department at 513-357-7462. For more information about measles and immunity, a link has been provided for further reading.

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