Possible Measles Exposure at R.I. Hospitals

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 02: A dose of measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on June 02, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced that in the United States they are seeing the most measles cases in 20 years as they warned clinicians, parents and others to watch for and get vaccinated against the potentially deadly virus. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Authorities say emergency room patients at two hospitals in Rhode Island may have been exposed to a patient with measles.

According to the Associated Press, people may have been exposed to the infectious disease at Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center, both located in Providence, after a patient exhibiting “fever, nausea and aches” visited the hospitals’ emergency rooms last Sunday.

The first potential exposure occurred between 3 and 6 a.m. at Rhode Island Hospital, the AP reports. The second potential exposure occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Roger Williams Medical Center, when the patient turned up with a continued fever.

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After the patient was hospitalized, he developed a high-grade fever and rash. On Friday, lab tests confirmed that he had measles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a “highly contagious respiratory disease” that causes “fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body.”

Authorities have been tracking down and notifying individuals who may have been exposed, and hospital workers are recommending vaccination if needed.