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Health Department Warns Of Potential Measles Exposure in Chemung County

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On Saturday, the New York State Department Of Health announced that an international traveler from Europe was confirmed to have measles, and visited multiple sites across the state, including Chemung County. 

Officials say the public may have been exposed around April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd at the following locations:

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed:

  • Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira, NY on April 30th between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (I-90) in Leroy, NY on April 30th between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY from 5:30 p.m. on April 30th to 9:30 a.m. on May 2nd
  • Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls, NY on May 1st between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville, NY, on May 2nd between 9:30 a.m. and noon

The health department says these times reflect the period that the individual was in these 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.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to 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. Individuals who are not immune to measles and were exposed are at risk for developing measles. The risk of developing measles is low for people who have been vaccinated or are immune.

All individuals who were exposed, especially those without immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated, should monitor for symptoms of measles.

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 first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of the rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Individuals should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

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KReed    159

This raises as many questions as answers.

First: Why would individuals born before 1957 be are considered protected or immune to measles without having the vaccine or the disease?

 

 

How soon after  exposure would someone who'd been there be contagious? If symptoms can appear at 7-10 days, and they're contagious up to 4 days before that. By then they would already have been at risk to infect other people....so isn't reporting this on day 6 kind of late? Seems like they'll need to track where anyone exposed on April 30th had been in the week afterward.... 

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Chris    426
4 hours ago, KReed said:

First: Why would individuals born before 1957 be are considered protected or immune to measles without having the vaccine or the disease?

According to the resident RN, people born before then would have gone through several measles outbreaks and been exposed so they'd be immune.

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Chris    426

I see on social media a lot of people ripping on OCB for the potential measles exposure, as if the establishment had anything to do with it. 

Theres enough other things to say about the place, cut 'em some slack on this one. 

That said, I'm not so sure my dining options would include OCB while traveling abroad. 

 

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