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Measles case prompts alert from UR and Health Dept.
Rochester, N.Y. -- A University of Rochester student had the measles and may have exposed others to this highly-contagious disease. If you have been vaccinated or were born in the 1950s and had measles, you shouldnt worry. But others who may have been exposed and who have not been immunized against measles need to pay attention.
Possible exposure to the measles virus occurred both on the University of Rochester River Campus and in Strong Hospital. Here are the dates. If you were on campus between January 27th and January 31st, you may have been exposed to measles. If you have been immunized, you arent at risk. But you are urged to check your immunization records and make sure you had two doses of the measles vaccine. They generally are given to babies after the age of one and again before Kindergarten.
The student was also treated in the Emergency Department at Strong Hospital and in the Extended Observation Unit. If you were visiting there or were in that area between January 31st and February 3rd, you also may have been exposed to the disease.
Again, if you have been vaccinated, you are not at risk. Doctors say the real focus is finding people who have not been immunized and who could catch measles and then potentially spread it to others.
The student at the UR is no longer contagious and is back in class. The university will not say how that person got measles or if the individual was immunized. The university did tell us that the disease is very rare in the United States because of immunization requirements, but that isnt the case in other countries.
Symptoms of measles usually begin with a cold and cough and a high fever. Then a rash develops starting on the head and spreading outward toward the chest. The person is contagious four days before the rash occurs and four days afterward.
Though many people born in the 1950s had measles and survived, it can cause serious complications for pregnant women and others and can lead to pneumonia. If you have been exposed, and are experiencing symptoms, seek your healthcare provider.
You can also get more information from the Monroe County Health Department by clicking here.