WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- Around 20,000 people were exposed to measles during a spiritual revival at Asbury University in Kentucky.
- The outbreak was caused by an unvaccinated worshiper who attended the event and was infected with the virus.
- The state public health agency is working with the university and the CDC to limit the spread of the disease and identify additional cases.
Around 20,000 people who attended a spiritual revival at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, may have been exposed to measles. The outbreak was caused by an unvaccinated worshiper who attended the event and was later found to be infected with the virus. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is spread through the air.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and runny nose, followed by a rash three to five days after symptoms begin.
The Asbury Revival, which took place from February 8 to February 19 at the university’s chapel, drew thousands of people from across city, county, and state lines. Videos shared on social media platforms showed people praying, holding hands, and crying to worship music.
The gathering attracted national attention to the small Christian school, located approximately 30 minutes from Lexington. In response to the outbreak, state public health commissioner Steven Stack has urged anyone who attended the revival on February 18 to quarantine for 21 days and to seek immunization with the measles vaccine.
The vaccine has long been available and required for children attending public schools across the country. The state public health agency is working with Asbury University, the Jessamine County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the disease and identify any additional cases.
As of Thursday, it’s unclear if there are more cases on the campus or in the region.
The university is collaborating with health officials “to ensure all precautions are taken to mitigate any further spread.”
Measles, in addition to being potentially lethal, can weaken the immune system for months, making an individual vulnerable to other diseases. The two-dose vaccination has been around for decades and is credited with drastically reducing the virus’s prevalence in the United States.