MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU Medicine officials have confirmed a patient in Monongalia County has tested positive for measles.

According to a press release, the unidentified Adult patient came to an out patient clinic last week and the positive test was confirmed Monday, April 22.

The patient did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home.

WVU Hospitals notified the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD) on Thursday, and the case is being monitored closely.

Measles symptoms appear seven-to-14 days after contact with the virus and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.

A rash appears three-to-five days after the first symptoms. Tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth two-to-three days after symptoms begin.

Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are more likely to suffer from complications. Common complications are ear infections and diarrhea. Serious complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.

While measles can be serious in all age groups, there are several groups that can suffer severe complications:

Children younger than 5 years of age

Adults older than 20 years of age

Pregnant women

People with compromised immune systems, such as from leukemia or HIV infection
Individuals who believe they have symptoms consistent with measles should first contact their healthcare provider and follow their instructions before going to an urgent care, physician office, or emergency department and should also limit their contact with family, friends, and the public as the virus is highly transmissible.

WVU Medicine officials strongly recommend residents to stay up to date on all vaccinations. Vaccines are available at MCHD by calling 304-598-5119.