Possible measles exposure at 3 more Pa. locations, including National Aviary, Squirrel Hill
Visitors and workers at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh’s North Side, a Squirrel Hill restaurant and an Avalon thrift shop may have been exposed to measles last month, health officials said Monday.
The Allegheny County Health Department confirmed last week four new cases of measles, all from members of the same family who traveled to and around Pittsburgh from mid-April through last Wednesday.
More details became clear Monday about their whereabouts while contagious.
A child diagnosed with measles may have been infectious while traveling on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport, followed by a connecting flight that landed at Terminal A of Pittsburgh International Airport on April 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
“There were potential exposures at both airports and on the flights,” CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said.
The child has since recovered, health officials said.
Three of the child’s family members, including two adults and one child, also contracted measles. One remained hospitalized as as of last week.
Of the four family members, three were visiting the area from overseas, and one was an unvaccinated Allegheny County resident, officials said. Only two of them left the house while infectious, according to the health department.
Sites of possible exposure
Places in Western Pennsylvania where the public may have been exposed to measles in recent weeks include:
• Pittsburgh International Airport; flight from Newark arriving between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 16
• Milky Way restaurant on Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on April 17
• Red White & Blue Thrift Store at 935 Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on April 24
• The National Aviary at 700 Arch Street between 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 28
• Enterprise Rent-a-Car on Babcock Boulevard, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 1.
Measles spreads to 23 states
The latest confirmed measles cases in Allegheny County prompted officials to warn of a possible outbreak and brought the number of known cases countywide in recent weeks up to five.
Prior to disclosing the four cases involving the same family, the health department reported a confirmed measles case involving an unvaccinated Allegheny County resident who recently traveled abroad. That woman was treated at UPMC Shadyside hospital and is recovering at home, officials said.
Nationwide, at least 764 measles cases have been confirmed in 23 states since Jan. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
The number reflects the most cases of measles reported in the U.S. since 1994.
Last year, the United States saw 17 measles outbreaks, with 82 people known to bring measles from other countries, the greatest number of such cases since measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. A majority brought measles back from Israel, the CDC said.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .