Allegheny County Health Department message potentially affecting persons who visited the National Aviary on April 28, 2019



The Allegheny County Health Department issued a press release today stating that a visitor known to be infected with measles was at the National Aviary the afternoon of 4/28. The timeframe of potential measles exposure was between 12:30 p.m. and closing (5:00 p.m.).


The National Aviary was made aware of this potential exposure this morning and acted immediately. This potential exposure affects only persons in the building during the isolated timeframe on April 28, and according to the Health Department, the risk is low for anyone that has been vaccinated or has previously had measles. According to the Allegheny County Health Department, one dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is 93% effective and two doses is 97% effective. 


There is also no ongoing risk to visitors to the National Aviary since the risk was isolated to that day and time. We have contacted every employee, volunteer and intern that we know to have been working the day the potential exposure occurred. All had been previously vaccinated. We have followed Health Department protocols and taken every measure to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers, and the visiting public. Visitors now and into the future are not at risk as a result of this situation.