Possible measles exposure at ShowBiz Cinemas on Jan. 9 Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County, Headline on January 19, 2018 by Staff Report Photo courtesy CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD. Skin of a patient after three days of measles infection; treated at a New York hospital. Prior to widespread immunization, measles was common in childhood, with more than 90% of infants and children infected by age 12. Recently, fewer than 1,000 measles cases have been reported annually since 1993.WAXAHACHIE — The Texas Department of State Health Services is alerting people who were at the ShowBiz Cinemas in Waxahachie on Jan., 9, 2018 that they may have been exposed to measles. A customer was sick with measles while attending a movie, so anyone else there that day should monitor themselves for a rash or any other measles symptoms through Jan. 30. Any possible exposure at the theater, located at 108 Broadhead Road, occurred only that day, and there’s no longer any risk there.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will also become infected. The measles vaccine is very effective, about 97 percent after two doses, but a few people who are vaccinated can still get sick, so even vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms.It usually takes about two weeks from the time someone is exposed to the virus for the rash to develop, but it can be as long as three weeks. People are contagious from four days before they get a rash to four days after it appears. The rash usually begins on the face as flat, red spots and then spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. Other symptoms include a high fever over 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.Anyone with these symptoms who was at the theater on Jan. 9 should contact their health care provider and tell them about the exposure to measles. It’s important to call in advance so the provider can take precautions to help prevent staff and other patients from being exposed to measles.Doctors should consider measles in their diagnosis if they have a patient with a rash and fever. If measles is suspected, they should report the patient to their local health department as soon as possible. People who have or are suspected of having measles should seek medical attention and otherwise stay home until four days after the rash appeared. You may also be interested in readingMeasles outbreak in Ellis CountyCosts for housing one immigrant child for 21 days to rival raising one U.S. child for entire yearCilantro suspected of Cyclospora concern again in TexasTexas outlines requirements for Blue BellCommissioner Robinson advises elected official to ignore state lawETMC Ellis County pullout: Writing was on the wallPresident finally orders flags at half-staff to honor Chattanooga victimsTwo established Ellis County newspapers cutting backMaypearl Police Chief under investigation for Online Solicitation of a MinorComprehensive look at Judge Bush’s large pay increase ← Kidnapping at drive-in theater; Suspect arrested; Victim found safeSuspect arrested in Red Oak Mart armed robbery → You must log in to post a comment.