Health officials are warning of a possible measles exposure last week in St. Louis County.
People may have been exposed to measles on March 13 at The Magic House and Racanelli’s pizzeria in Kirkwood and Homewood Suites in Chesterfield. The exposure may have continued into March 14 at Homewood Suites as well.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health are working on the case.
Officials say anyone who might have been exposed to measles should contact a doctor if they develop symptoms. The symptoms include a rash that appears 7 to 21 days after exposure with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
A rash typically appears three to five days after symptoms begin. The rash can look like flat red spots that break out first on the face and spread to the neck, arms, trunk, legs and feet.
Measles is highly contagious. The virus is passed through coughing and sneezing, and can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person has left, according to health experts. It can be prevented through vaccination.