RI Health Dept. warns of measles scare

(WPRI) — The Department of Health is working to notify patients of Rhode Island Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, and a CVS Minute Clinic in North Attleboro after a patient who was treated at all three has symptoms that point to measles.

Although it is not confirmed that patient has measles, physicians believe his symptoms match those of measles. The individual does not have a history of measles vaccinations.

Health officials said measles is spread through the air. It could be spread an infected person’s coughing, sneezing and even talking.

If you were at the hospitals at the following times and have not been contacted by March 3, you’re asked to contact the numbers below:

Roger Williams Medical Center Emergency Room; Tuesday, February 25 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.: (401) 456-2434 or (401) 456-2092

Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Room; Friday, February 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.: (401) 444-5600

CVS Minute Clinic in North Attleboro; Friday February 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: (RI residents (401) 222-8022) and (Mass. residents (617) 983-6800)

Measles symptoms include cough, fever, running nose, irritated eyes, but start 10 to 14 days after exposure.

For more information, contact the HEALTH Information Line: (401) 222-8022.

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