LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – A warning from the Southern Nevada Health District about the second confirmed case of measles in the valley since December. This time it was an international traveler who may have shown people on Treasure Island.
"Every time you have a lot of people, compressed in one area, it is worrying," Dr. said. Cole Sondrup with Southern Hills Hospital.
Experts say measles is one of the most contagious diseases out there. About 90 percent of non-vaccinated individuals will contract the virus if exposed.
"Fortunately, we have a lot of immunizations in Nevada, so there is a herd of immunity. So even if we get an imported case of measles, for example in this case, most of the population is protected," said Vit Kraushaar, a medical researcher at the health district of South Nevada.
With millions of visitors a year and outbreaks around the world, there is potential for exposure. "The virus can survive two to three hours on surfaces," Dr. said. Sondrup.
That is why the SNHD asks everyone who has visited the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino main lobby on Saturday March 9 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Desert Springs Hospital emergency room from 11 p.m. on 10 March to 6 p.m. on 11 March, so make sure they are vaccinated and monitor symptoms.
"Two vaccines are 97% effective in preventing measles," Dr. said. Sondrup.
Dr. Sondrup said there is no longer any danger for people visiting these places, partly because the virus cannot survive on a surface for so long. Disinfecting measures are also usually part of the daily activities.
"Certainly, at this point the horse is out of the barn, but most casinos and places in this city have very high cleaning standards," Dr. said. Sondrup.
Treasure Island says they had no knowledge of this incident reported today by the health department.
Dr. Sondrup said that most doctors trained in the last decade have probably never seen a measles case since it was considered eradicated in 2000.
Therefore, if you suspect you have contracted the virus, you must notify the hospital before you enter because it is so contagious.