Health department warns of possible measles exposure in 18 businesses across Denver-Boulder

An adult with measles may have put the public at risk of exposure after visiting 18 businesses across metro-Denver from Dec. 21 through Dec. 29.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in partnership with the Tri-County Health Department released a warning Monday for anyone who may have visited those locations in that time to look out for measles symptoms.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that is passed through coughing and sneezing. The individual diagnosed was an unvaccinated, international traveler.

“It is important to make sure you are protected against measles, especially when traveling outside the U.S. Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles,” Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of CDPHE, said in a statement. “Children as young as 6 months old can receive a vaccination for protection, and adults should make sure they are protected too.”

Prior to his or her diagnosis, the patient made rounds to 18 businesses across Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Centennial, Denver, Englewood, Louisville and Parker.

Health department officials are in the process of contacting individuals who may have been exposed to measles during the patient’s time at AFC Urgent Care and Parker Adventist Hospital. All others who may have visited the locations listed below are advised to watch for symptoms of measles, which can take up to 21 days to manifest.

Measles is a serious disease, characterized by fever, runny nose, red eyes, light sensitivity, coughing and, eventually, a rash that appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Complications can include pneumonia or swelling in the brain.

Measles is contagious four days prior to the rash and four days after, so symptomatic individuals are advised to stay at home and reach out to medical assistance from there.

The patient visited the following locations across Denver-Boulder:

Westerra Credit Union
14305 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, 80012
Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

King Soopers Buckley Square
17000 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora 80013
Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Vitamin Cottage
3440 S. Tower Road, Aurora, 80013
Dec. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Dec. 27 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Walmart Supercenter Pioneer Hills
5650 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora, 80015
Dec. 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Alfalfa’s Market
785 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 80027
Dec. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

T Mobile
1590 28th St., Boulder, 80303
Dec. 22 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

uBreakiFix
1136 Spruce St., Boulder, 80302
Dec. 22 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Rebecca’s Apothecary
1227 Spruce St., Boulder, 80302
Dec. 22 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Falafel King
1314 Pearl St., Boulder, 80302
Dec. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Flatirons Mall, specifically T Mobile and Brookstone
1 W. Flatiron Crossing Dr., Broomfield, 80021
Dec. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
1644 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 80210
Dec. 22 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Dollar Tree Englewood Plaza
351 W. Englewood Parkway, Englewood, 80110
Dec. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Walmart Supercenter
601 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, 80110
Dec. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sprouts Farmers Market
2880 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80222
Dec. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

AFC Urgent Care
760 S Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80246
Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

T Mobile Blvd Center
1685 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80222
Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lifetime Fitness
5000 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, 80122
Dec. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Parker Adventist Hospital Emergency Department
9395 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker, 80138
Dec. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to Dec. 30 1:30 a.m.

For vaccination information for measles and other diseases, visit CDPHE.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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