Apr 29, 2015 8:00 PM
Portsmouth Flatbread Company takes precautions after measles scare
PORTSMOUTH- State health officials called Portsmouth Flatbread Company Wednesday to inform the employees they may have been exposed to the measles virus last week. On Monday, April 20th between 3-6PM an international traveler with measles ate at the Seacoast restaurant.
Jay Gould, CEO of Flatbread Company says none of his employees are showing any symptoms, but anyone who worked that day cannot come back to work until they prove they're vaccinated or they will have to wait until May 12th when the incubation period is up. Gould says they're playing it safe to make sure everyone stays healthy.
NH1 News spoke with a few patrons eating at the restaurant Wednesday. They say they're not concerned because they've been vaccinated themselves.
Health officials say there have not been any cases linked to this situation.
Measles is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person through the air when someone with the disease sneezes, coughs, or talks. It is very easy for individuals who have not received the measles vaccine to contract it from someone else.
The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person visits and leaves and area. The above time frame for exposure at the Portsmouth restaurant includes this two-hour window after the infectious person left the restaurant.
The incubation period for measles from the time of exposure is typically 10 to 14 days but can be as long as 21 days, officials said.