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Health officials confirm UNR student tests positive for measles

Health officials confirm UNR student tests positive for measles

Washoe County health officials have confirmed one case of the measles.

The individual is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and does not pose an ongoing risk to the public; however, the individual was at several locations in Washoe County during an infectious period and could've exposed others to the virus.

Per UNR policy, any students with "vaccine waivers" are not allowed on campus until the situation is resolved. The University has a list of all of those students. They have been notified.

The Health District is attempting to notify anyone who may have been exposed while the patient was infectious to prevent further spread of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics, that’s why it is important for people to take appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of the community,’” says Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and rash. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.”

Persons who were at the locations listed below during the times listed may have been exposed to the measles virus and should call the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2447 to determine their risk for measles. Preventative treatment may be recommended for those who were exposed and are unvaccinated and who may be at high risk, such as pregnant women, infants younger than 12 months, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Tuesday, March 27th

  • UNR Campus: Ansari Business Building, 9am - 12pm.
  • UNR Campus: Fleischmann Agriculture Building, 1:30pm - 4:45pm.
  • UNR Campus: Jot Travis Building, 3pm - 6:15pm.
  • UNR Campus: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, 5pm - 8pm.

Wednesday, March 28th

  • UNR Campus: William Raggio Building, 1pm - 4pm.
  • UNR Campus: William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center Building, 2:30pm - 5:45pm.
  • UNR Campus: Frandsen Humanities Building, 4pm - 7:15pm
  • UNR Campus: Admissions Building, 2pm - 4:20pm.
  • UNR Campus: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, 5pm - 8pm.

Thursday, March 29th

  • UNR Campus: Ansari Business Building, 9am - 12pm.
  • UNR Campus: Fleischmann Agriculture Building, 1:30pm - 4:45pm.
  • UNR Campus: Jot Travis Building, 3pm - 6:15pm.

Saturday, March 31st

  • CVS Minute Clinic, 680 North McCarran Blvd, Sparks, NV 89431, 3pm - 6pm.
  • Renown Urgent Care – Vista, 910 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434, 4pm - 7pm.
  • Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Funitel restroom, 12:30pm - 2:40pm.
  • Raising Cane’s, 2175 N. Virginia St., Reno, 2:30pm - 5pm.

Sunday, April 1st

  • Walmart at the intersection of Mae Anne and McCarran, 5260 W 7th St, Reno, NV 89523, 4pm - 7pm.

Monday, April 2nd

  • UNR Student Health Center, 1664 North Virginia Street, Reno 9am - 1 p m.

Health officials say measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease. Symptoms can include: high fever, runny nose, watery eyes, cough followed by a blotchy rash that appears on the faces and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus has a short survival time (less than 2 hours) in the air or on objects and surfaces. People sick with measles are contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears.


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