N.H. resident infected with measles, state health officials say

Monitor staff

Published: 07-10-2024 11:36 AM

An unvaccinated New Hampshire resident has contracted measles, likely from being exposed to an international traveler with the virus who visited Hanover earlier this month, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The infected resident visited a variety of places while said to be infectious, according to DHHS, and may have passed the virus on to those who are not immune – those not previously infected and don’t have the vaccine – as well as those with weakened immune systems who may not have as much protection from the vaccine, or infants who have not yet been vaccinated.

Those who visited these locations at the specific time listed may have been exposed:

■1:30-3:30 p.m., July 1: Peppermint Patty’s, 25 Road Round the Lake, Grantham

■5:30-11:30 p.m., July 1: Sierra Trading Post, 200 S. Main St., West Lebanon

■9-11:30 a.m., July 3: Dartmouth Co-Op, 21 S. Main St., Hanover

■9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 5: Dartmouth Co-Op. 21 S. Main St., Hanover

■11:45 a.m.-6 p.m., July 5: ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care waiting room, 410 Miracle Mile, Lebanon

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■8-10:30 a.m., July 6: ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care waiting room, 410 Miracle Mile, Lebanon

■9:30 a.m. July 6-1 a.m. July 7: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Emergency Department, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon

Anyone who visited those locations during the specific times is asked to check their vaccination or immunity status, according to DHHS. Anyone who is not protected against the virus or is unsure of their immunity status should call the state Department of Public Health Services at 603-271-4496 as soon as possible.

Measles is passed in the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks, the department said. It can remain the air up to two hours after the infected person leaves.

Measles can cause serious health issues, especially for children under 5.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose and water eyes several days before developing a rash.