Australian tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles

Man with measles may have infected the Met NYC hotels

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 infected tourist started his Manhattan visit at a La Quinta Inn on West 71st Street on February 16 and stayed until the 19th.

For the duration of the 16 and 17, the Australian was part of an Oasis Bible Tour group that toured the Met.

Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, NY, between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on February 19.

Best Western Hotel, 1324 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, from February 19 until 12:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018.

Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen - Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, from 4:30 p.m. on February 20 until 10:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.

On February 21, the Australian finally sought treatment for emergency care and was admitted to Orange County Regional Medical Center.




The virus can remain alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours after an infected individual leaves an area.

It warned anyone who had not been immunised should contact their health provider if they developed symptoms, which include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or a runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of measles, the state health department is advising anyone who may have been exposed and who has these symptoms to contact their health care provider, a local clinic or a local emergency department before they visit to receive care.

In New York state, measles immunization is required for children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-kindergarten, according to the state Health Department.

Risk of developing measles is low, especially for those who are immunized. The Hospital will be taking extraordinary precautions with regard to the prevention of the Measles' spread, specifically through isolating individuals who display symptoms which indicate a possible Measles infection. Since August 1990, this has also been required of college students.

From Jan. 1-27, nine people from four states-Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Texas-were reported to have measles, the CDC said. Given the large number of people in New York City daily, and the populated areas the tourist had gone to.

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