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Mar 9, 2015

04:34:02 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: BH-20150309-47250-USA

Date / time: 09/03/2015 04:31:47 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Nevada

Location: Las Vegas [MGM Grand Hotel And Casino]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

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Measles struck three people at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, health officials confirmed Friday. The new cases are two staff members and one patron. All are adults. The Southern Nevada Health District said that the measles cases were caused by an "under immunized" staff member working at Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the casino from Feb. 18-21. The infected person also visited a nearby Walgreens pharmacy and Chili's restaurant on Feb. 22. "The Health District is advising anyone who was at these locations during these times to review their immunization status against measles if they have not already had the disease," Nevada health officials said in a statement. The source of the staff member's infection was believed to be an infant at the casino restaurant who was too young to be vaccinated. The new measles cases, along with six others this year in Clark County, Nevada, are the first confirmed cases in that region since 2011. The measles cases are not linked to two other outbreaks at DisneyLand in California and a child care center in Chicago. More than 150 measles cases were confirmed in the U.S. so far in 2015. That's more measles in 50 days than is seen in most years. Nearly all the cases are linked to outbreaks at Disneyland in California and a daycare center in Chicago. Most of those infected were unvaccinated. While some people choose not to vaccinate their children, others are not yet old enough to take the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. The first dose is given at 12 to 15 months, making infants a vulnerable group. Some people who have been vaccinated can still get the measles, especially if they have a compromised immune system. Measles is highly contagious. It spreads through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is possible to catch the measles up to two hours after an infected person has left the area. In 2014, more than 600 people were diagnosed with the measles - the worst year since 2000, when the disease was declared "eliminated."




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