BATH – State and State Health officials have issued an opinion on the possible occurrence of measles in the region.
The New York State Department of Health has published an international report on Friday, May 4, "Travelers" from Europe, where measles were detected, visited several places on April 30 and May 1 to May 2 others People exposed to measles.
Those who visited the following state locations may have been exposed:
• Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira, 1-4am, April 30.
• Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (Interstate 90), Leroy Exit, 4:00 pm-4:30pm, April 30th, 1
• Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville, 9:30 am to noon, M ay 2.
"Although none of these places are in Steuben County, our residents may already have these places visited, "said Darlene Smith, Public Health Director of the county.
The risk of developing measles is low or immune to vaccinated people, according to Smith.
Individuals are considered protected against measles, if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, had measles or have a laboratory test that confirms immunity
people who did not are immune to measles and are exposed to a risk of getting measles. All persons exposed to the above-mentioned locations during the dates and times, especially those who had no immunity or who were not sure if they had been vaccinated, should be aware of measles symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye) or a runny nose.
Symptoms usually occur 10-12 days after exposure, but may occur as early as seven days and not more than 21 days after exposure. Individuals should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms. To prevent the spread of disease, Steuben Public Health recommends that people who may have been exposed and have measles-specific symptoms, contact their doctor, local clinic or local emergency room before taking care of them. Contacting health care providers prior to care will prevent others in these facilities from being exposed to the disease.
For more information, please contact Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.