Health Department warns Brooklyn was exposed to measles

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Patient Zero in a potential measles outbreak in NY is an Australian tourist who visited the city on a Bible study tour, according to a public announcement by the state's Department of Health warning visitors to hotels and tourist sites in Manhattan, Orange and Putnam counties of possible contamination.

The visitor arrived in the city on February 16 and checked into a room at the La Quinta Inn located in the Upper Westside of Manhattan.

Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, the morning of February 16 and the evening of February 17.

The general manager of the Atlantic Avenue Best Western told the Brooklyn Eagle that as of yesterday, "everything here is perfectly fine".

NY residents who may have been at any of the locations listed by health officials should see a doctor if they have not been vaccinated against measles or never had the infection, health officials said.

Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose.

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Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus spread via direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of carriers.

Measles has recently hit the NY, and federal health executives are suggesting the city's tiny unvaccinated group of people to be on a lookout.

The Department of Health is now asking the people who will see some symptoms, to take immediate treatment. People most at risk are those with weakened immunity systems and individuals who have not been vaccinated. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

Anyone born after January 1, 1957, who has not received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or does not have a blood test proving immunity to measles, should receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, health officials said.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. A likely traveler who had been infected overseas with measles visited the amusement park while infectious, however no source was identified.

Recent spikes in measles cases have been attributed to more cases in countries to which Americans often travel, and in pockets of U.S. communities with unvaccinated people. One-hundred-eighty-eight people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. Individuals may still be vaccinated later in life, according to DOH.

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