As healthcare providers, you are the frontline resource to parents and patients who are concerned about measles exposure or illness.
If You Suspect Measles
Call Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD):
- Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call 703-228-5200, option #1.
- On nights and weekends, call 703-558-2222 and ask for the Public Health Duty Officer.
Learn more about what to do:
On May 6, 2019, ACPHD faxed a Letter to all Healthcare Providers in Arlington on protecting patients and staff from measles
On June 6, 2019, ACPHD faxed a Letter to all Healthcare Providers on the confirmed measles case in Northern Virginia
The following information is to assist you with patients and managing suspected cases:
- Measles is a highly infectious viral disease spread through breathing, coughing, sneezing, and contact with aerosolized droplets or secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected person.
- It is characterized by fever >101ºF, cough, coryza (runny nose), and conjunctivitis.
- After three to seven days of illness, a maculopapular rash begins on the face, generalizing to the rest of the body.
- NOTE: Patients with measles are contagious four days prior to rash onset until four days after rash onset.