Potential Measles Exposure In WNY
The New York State Department of Health has issued a statement about potential measles exposure from a European tourist who visited the WNY area last week. The tourist was visiting between Monday April 30th, and Wednesday May 2nd and visited several different locations in the area.
In a press release from the New York State Department of Health, they listed the locations and time that the tourist visit and included a two hour period after they left. If you were in any of these locations in the below listed time you may have been exposed to the measles virus.
- Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira, NY on April 30th between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (I-90) in Leroy, NY on April 30th between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY from 5:30 p.m. on April 30th to 9:30 a.m. on May 2nd
- Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls, NY on May 1st between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville, NY, on May 2nd between 9:30 a.m. and noon
The New York State Department of Health issued this statement for those individuals who may have been exposed to the virus,
"All individuals who were exposed, especially those without immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated, should monitor for symptoms of measles. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Individuals should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms. To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness."
To learn more about the exposure and to get more information if you think you may have been exposed visit the Department of Health website HERE.