Health department warns of measles exposure in Dansville, Le Roy


The state Department of Health is warning people in several NY counties that they may have been exposed to measles at places visited by a tourist from Europe on April 30 and May 1 and 2.

Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, from 5:30 p.m. April 30 to 9:30 a.m. on May 2.

Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls, N.Y. from 3 to 6 p.m. on May 1.

Measles can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours after a person has left an area, so the times listed below reflect that window.

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department confirmed Saturday that an adult resident of the county was diagnosed with the measles virus.

The Department also says anyone who has had two doses of the measles vaccine are considered immune, but if you experience a fever, runny nose, cough, or rash, you should seek medical attention. Those symptoms include rash, high fever, cough and red, watery eyes. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

It's recommended people contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms.

All individuals who were exposed - especially those without immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated - should monitor for measles symptoms, state officials said. You may receive vaccination or medicine (known as immune globulin) to reduce the chances of developing measles.

You were born after 1957 and have only received one dose of MMR vaccine.

■ Exit 5 on Route 390 in Dansville, from 9:30 a.m. and noon on May 2.

For those who haven't opted for vaccination, Dr. Vigil stated that the MMR vaccine is a must as measles is extremely contagious. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten.