Australian tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles, health department says

Health officials Tourist infected with measles visited Met attractions in Manhattan Brooklyn upstate

A tourist may have spread the measles during visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and hotels across the tristate area, health officials announced.

Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, the morning of February 16, and the evening of February 17, 2018.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the morning of February 16 and the evening of February 17.

Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, N.Y., between 12:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. on February 19, 2018.

From there, the man went to the Watchtower Educational Center in Putnam County on February 19 and stayed at the Best Western hotel in Brooklyn that night.

Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on February 21.

Orange Regional Medical Center, Emergency Department, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, N.Y., between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on February 21, 2018. Then, the man went to the Comfort Inn in Goshen, Orange County until the 21st, when he checked into the Excel Urgent Care in Goshen before moving to the medical center in Middletown - potentially spreading the virus to anyone at those locations up to two hours after leaving.

Measles symptoms include fever, rash, coughing and a runny nose, and usually appear within 10 to 12 days of being exposed to the virus.

The New York Department of Health said they are warning people of an increased risk if they visited areas where the contaminated individual is known to have gone. And according to data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's estimated that almost 95 per cent of eligible people in NY have received the combination measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR, vaccine, which is 97 per cent effective against measles.

"We have a list of now 32 contacts... it's not a large number by our standards, and every one of these people have been contacted by the Health Department", Dr. Jane Zucker, the city Health Department's assistant commissioner who heads the immunization bureau, told Observer on Monday afternoon.

The measles is spread by nasal or throat secretions of infected people. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Typically, the first dose of the measles vaccine should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose should be given at four to six years of age upon entering school. Since August 1990, this has also been required of college students. Healthcare providers are urged to report all suspected cases of measles to their local health department.

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