The New York State Department of Health announced Friday that a tourist from Australia who has been confirmed to have measles visited hotels in Manhattan and Brooklyn, was part of an Oasis Bible Tour group at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, and visited the Watchtower Educational Center in Putnam County, an Orange County hotel, an Urgent Care Center in Orange County, and Orange Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department between February 16 - 21, 2018, potentially exposing others to measles.
February 16-19: La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York, New York.
Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, the morning of February 16 and the evening of February 17. The virus latches onto the nose and throat mucus and proliferates through coughing and sneezing, with a life span of up to two hours in the open air. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of the rash.
The risk of developing measles is low, especially for those who have been vaccinated, but it is notoriously contagious for those who are not immune.
While in the area, the tourist checked into the Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen in Orange County until February 21.
Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on February 21.
Measles has just visited the Big Apple, and public health officials are warning the city's small unvaccinated population to be on guard.
She noted that not all of the individuals who made contact with the tourist live in the city but that the city has notified the appropriate jurisdictions. In 2013, a outbreak spread across an orthodox Jewish community living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The state is acting proactively on the alert, The Washington Post reports. In some cases that situation can also get serious for the patients.
Everything has been essentially smooth on the measles front in the United States recently, but Europe has witnessed a disturbing resurgence of problems lately. Last year, there were over 21,000 recorded cases of measles across the continent, a four-fold increase from the 5,273 cases diagnosed in 2016, which was a new low.
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". Most regions hover around 95 per cent, which is optimal to provide herd immunity for those too young to be vaccinated or otherwise immunocompromised.
Mumps and measles - both highly infectious viruses - are rare today due to the MMR vaccine, which is administered to children.