NYS Health Department Warns of Measles Exposure in Chemung County

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NYS Health Department Warns of Measles Exposure in Chemung County

The infected person also visit the Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira, NY on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Kern County Department of Public Health said Friday a person diagnosed with measles traveled through the county earlier this week and people may have been exposed to the disease. Symptoms of measles are: Fever (often high); cough; runny nose; red eyes; and rash (usually starting on the face and spreading down the body). You may receive vaccination or medicine (known as immune globulin) to reduce the chances of developing measles.

Fresno County residents who were at either location during those time frames and show any signs of measles should stay at home, verify their immunization status, then contact their health care provider by telephone for instructions.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, and can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and even death in rare cases if left untreated, according to the CDC.

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

Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville, NY, on May 2 between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. One dose of the vaccine is considered 93 percent effective while two doses are considered 97 percent effective.

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

The New York State Department of Health released a warning about possible measles exposures in areas of Western New York.

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