February 24, 2023
Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. EST
Infected person attended events at Asbury University prior to presentation of symptoms
Today, state health officials announced a confirmed case of measles identified in a Jessamine County resident. The resident, who is unvaccinated, recently attended Asbury University’s services in Hughes Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 18. No further information about the individual will be released due to privacy concerns.
According to the Jessamine County Health Department (JCHD), measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics in high risk, unvaccinated populations.
Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and rash. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. Generally, preschool children, adolescents, young adults and inadequately immunized individuals comprise the majority of measles cases in the United States.
Members of the public who attended the services on Saturday, Feb. 18, who are not fully vaccinated against measles should quarantine for 21 days, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and contact their primary care physician if symptoms appear.
Asbury University is working with JCHD officials to ensure all precautions are taken to mitigate any further spread. For information on measles, visit CDC.gov and contact your primary care physician immediately if you suspect you may have symptoms. Those with known exposure who are not vaccinated should quarantine immediately.
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