Case of measles, highly contagious infectious disease, confirmed in one NY County

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(WIVB) – A case of measles has been confirmed in Erie County, Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein announced Wednesday.

A case was confirmed at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Tuesday night. The measles patient is an immigrant who arrived in Erie County on Nov. 27. Citing federal privacy laws, Dr. Burstein would not reveal who the person is and said that his or her prior medical record wasn’t immediately clear.

“It’s really important to make sure that people can get immunized against every vaccine preventable disease that they’re eligible for because you never know when you could be exposed,” Dr. Burstein told reporters.

According to Burstein, the infected individual visited many places between Dec. 4 and 11. Anyone who visited the following locations in Erie County during these times may have been exposed to measles. 

The locations include:

  • Catholic Charities,  20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo on 12/4/2018 between 11:00am and 5:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Health Clinic, 608 William Street, Buffalo on 12/4/2018 between 11:30 am and 4:00pm
  • Sweet Home High School, 1909 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on 12/5/2018 between 5:00pm and 10:30pm
  • Erie County Department of Social Services, 158 Pearl Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 8:00am and 1:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Health Clinic, 608 William Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 10:30am and 2:00pm
  • Catholic Charities,  20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 11:30am and 3:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Social Services, 158 Pearl Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 12:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Aldi, 4259 Transit Road, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm
  • Best Buy, 4401 Transit Road, Williamsville on 12/6/2018 between 6:00pm and 9:15pm
  • Marshalls, 2383 Maple Road, Williamsville on 12/6/2018 between 6:00pm and 10:00pm
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Emergency Department, 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville on 12/10/2018 between 9:00am and 5:30pm

The infected individual was homebound from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. 

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Symptoms include a cough, fever, and watery eyes, followed by a rash. 

People are considered infectious four days before and four days after the rash. According to the Erie County Department of Health, symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

Burstein advises those who may have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms to contact their health care provider before going there to prevent spreading the disease. 

Individuals should receive two doses of the MMR vaccine to develop immunity. 

Measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten in New York.  Since Aug. 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if:

  • ·         born before 1957, or
  • ·         received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, or
  • ·         have had measles disease, or
  • ·         have a lab test confirming immunity. 

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital confirmed in a statement Wednesday that the individual reported to the emergency room on Monday. 

The patient was placed in airborne isolation before being treated and released. 

All patients, family members, and hospital staff who were in the emergency room were advised of the exposure, as was the New York State Department of Health, as per protocol, the statement says. 

The patient’s identity is not being released due to federal privacy laws. 

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Millard Fillmore Suburban’s Infection Prevention Office at (716) 568-3999, Erie County Department of Health at (716) 858-7697 or their primary care provider.

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