Tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles

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An Australian tourist with a confirmed case of measles, who visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, may have inadvertently exposed people throughout a vast swath of the region to the highly contagious virus, state health officials said Friday.

-La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York City.

Officials also said he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and anyone there on February 16 or 17 may have also been exposed.

After checking out of the inn on the 19, the visitor then stayed overnight at the Best Western Hotel on Atlantic Brooklyn, DOH officials added.

The health department said those times reflect the period that the infected person was in those areas and a two-hour period after the individual left the area, as the virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis, or runny nose; these typically show up 10 to 12 days after exposure. That danger is also less for people who have been vaccinated versus it.

Dr. Jeffrey Rabrich who is the medical director of Nyack Hospital says,"We strongly suggest that everyone should get vaccinated and can refer them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recommendations".

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The Department of Health is now asking the people who will see some symptoms, to take immediate treatment.

To reduce the risk of transmission, the Department of Health is advising that individuals with suspected exposure and symptoms consistent with measles contact their clinic, emergency department, or provider prior to going for care. One-hundred-eighty-eight people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.

When the health officials try to know the cause of measles outbreak in Manhattan and Brooklyn city at NY, the reason found to be an Australian tourist.

"We identified any [individuals] who had direct contact with the infected visitor, and they were given further information and support as needed", the center said. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be protected.

The state is acting proactively on the alert, The Washington Post reports. None of the 58 individuals were vaccinated at the time.

The risk of developing measles in very low, especially for people who have been immunized.

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