Student diagnosed with suspected measles case, no longer contagious| Feb 18, 2015
A student was diagnosed with a suspected case of measles but has now recovered and is no longer contagious, the University announced in an email to students on Wednesday.
The preliminary medical test results were received on Tuesday, and more tests are currently being conducted.
More than 99.5 percent of University students have been vaccinated for the disease, the email said.
Faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated for the disease may be at risk if they were inWhitman College dining hall, Baker Hall, Holder Hall, McCosh Health Center, Frick Chemistry building, Wallace Hall, Blair Hall, Friend Center, Spelman Hall, 1938 Hall, Frist Campus Center, Dillon Gymnasium or the New South Building from Feb. 4 through Feb. 8.
Measlescan be spread when a person talks, coughs or sneezes and can be transmitted starting four days before and ending four days after the onset of a rash.The viruscan live on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours, the email said.
Symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, which are followed by a rash.
Measles has recently received national attention after 102 measles cases spread in the U.S., mostly linked to Disneyland, CNN reported. The outbreak resulted in a national debate over whether vaccinations should be mandatory.
John Kolligian, director of University Health Services, deferred comment to University spokesperson Martin Mbugua, who deferred to the email.
Director of Medical Services Peter Johnsen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify that faculty and staff who have been in certain buildings on campus are only at risk if they were in the buildings between Feb. 4 and Feb. 8.