NYS Health Department warns of possible measles exposure in 4 counties


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning of a possible measles exposure in Genesee, Livingston, Niagara and Chemung counties.

According to the health department, an international traveler from Europe, who has a confirmed case of the measles, visited multiple New York state venues on April 30, May 1 and May 2.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed:

  • Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (I-90) in Leroy on April 30 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 Third St., Niagara Falls from 5:30 p.m. on April 30 to 9:30 a.m. on May 2.
  • Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls on May 1 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville, on May 2 between 9:30 a.m. and noon

The times listed are the periods of time the traveler was in those areas and two hours after the person left. The virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.

People are considered protected or immune from measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had measles disease or have a lab test confirming immunity. The risk of developing measles is low for people who have been vaccinated or are immune.

The health department says anyone without immunity or who is unsure if they have been vaccinated should monitor for symptoms.

Symptoms of the measles include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure, but could appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. People are considered infectious from four days before and four days after the appearance of the rash.

To prevent the spread of the measles, it is advised that you contact your health care provider, local clinic or local emergency department before going to seek care. This allows those facilities to prevent others from being exposed to the illness.

The health department says the best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated.

For more information visit the New York State Department of Health website.

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