Stony Brook doctor comes forward as the second measles case in York County

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

A WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center physician has come forward as the second measles case in York County.

In a three-minute recording released by WellSpan Health on Monday, Dr. Jennifer McCabe confirmed she has the measles, despite the fact that she was vaccinated twice and was presumed immune as recently as last week.

McCabe implored county residents to get vaccinated.

"If everyone gets vaccinated, the likelihood that people like me would be exposed becomes very small," said McCabe, a family medicine specialist. "Please protect yourselves, your loved ones and your community and get vaccinated."

McCabe began feeling symptoms on Friday and had continued to see patients up until that point.

Representatives from WellSpan and the state Department of Health both asserted that there is no need to close Stony Brook Health Center because proper precautions are being taken by making sure those who may have been exposed contact their health care provider or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to questions Monday.

McCabe, who has been vaccinated twice, has tested "presumed immune" to measles three times in the past 20 years. Getting the MMRV vaccine is 93% effective in preventing the disease, according to the CDC. The doctor has been vaccinated twice, which is recommended, as it is 97% effective. 

Patients entering York Hospital are being screened for measles exposure risk by security officers Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Bill Kalina photo

"There will always be a very small percentage of people for who the vaccine may not be effective," she said. "I am one of those people."

McCabe, who is now the 15th measles case in the state this year, asserted she has very few symptoms and likely is less contagious than normal because of her vaccination history.

The Department of Health also said those with presumed immunity should be safe, she added.

School districts: After the Department of Health on Sunday announced McCabe's diagnosis, Central York School District sent out a news release telling anyone who may have been exposed at two of its open house events last week to report it.

South Western School District followed suit, as its girls' varsity soccer team had been playing Central York during the time of possible exposure.

Those present at the following locations during the specified time frames could have been exposed: 

  • Crunch Fitness, 905 Loucks Road, from 8:30 to 11:10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.
  • Sheetz, 215 Arsenal Road, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
  • Central York Middle School, 1950 North Hills Road, from 6:30 to 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
  • Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.
  • WellSpan Stony Brook Health Center, 4222 E. Market St., during the following times: from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9; from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10; from 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Testing: Stony Brook was open Sunday outside of normal business hours for screening.

Throughout the rest of the week, WellSpan will be offering blood draws from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its lab facility in Queensgate Shopping Center, said spokesman Brett Marcy.

WellSpan York Hospital is also screening all patients and visitors before they enter the facility, Marcy said. The process includes asking questions about whether individuals may have been exposed to measles in either of the two cases in York County.

Those who may have been exposed and are seeking treatment will be directed to the emergency department. Those who aren't seeking treatment and may have been exposed will be barred from entering the hospital.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.