Earlier this month, an under-immunized server at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand contracted measles, the highly contagious disease. Now the Southern Nevada Health District reports three new cases of measles that were transmitted after contact at the restaurant.
The health district reports that all three cases involve adults under the age of 55 and "are considered to be the result of transmission from an under-immunized staff member at Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand … earlier in February. The new cases are two staff members and a patron."
SNHD reports that one new case visited the Walgreens at 2389 E. Windmill Lane in Las Vegas between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, and the Chili's Grill & Bar at 7530 Las Vegas Blvd. S. at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets — South between 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 22.
The original employee with measles worked at Emeril's New Orleans Fish House after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Anyone who visited those businesses at those times should check their immunization status and contact a physician if they develop a rash with fever or other symptoms of the measles within 21 days after their visit.
These new cases bring the number of confirmed measles cases in Clark County in 2015 to nine. These are the first confirmed cases in Southern Nevada since 2011.
Symptoms of measles include high fever, runny nose, coughing, watery red eyes, and/or a rash. For a good primer on the measles, head over to Vox.