INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Visitors to Super Bowl Village on Friday may have been exposed to a highly contagious disease, health officials said, and multiple health departments are collaborating to respond to the potential threat.
Tuesday night, the state Department of Health confirmed they have requested information from county health departments as part of an investigation into a report that a person who has been diagnosed with measles attended the festivities Friday.
UPDATE | Officials say 10 people have measles
The state Health Department sent an alert to health professionals Monday afternoon that two cases of measles have been confirmed, one in Boone County and the other in Hamilton County. The state would not say which of the people visited Super Bowl Village, but noted he or she did not attend the NFL Experience.
According to the Super Bowl Host Committee, 200,000 people were at Super Bowl Village on Friday. At the free concerts late Friday night, 35,000 people were gathered to see LMFAO's performance. It is still unclear what time the ill person visited downtown Indianapolis.
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. (A photo of the rash can be seen above.) It is spread through the air or on surfaces. While measles has nearly been eliminated from the United States, it still kills nearly 200,000 people each year around the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most people receive a series of immunizations that produce immunity to measles. Anyone who is not vaccinated or who does not build up proper immunity is at high risk of contracting measles if he or she comes into contact with the virus. Measles is so contagious, the CDC says, that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to him or her who are not immune will also become infected with the virus.
If you believe you or a family member is at risk, contact your physician.
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