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Possible Masernexposition for LIRR drivers; 2nd case confirmed in Nassau, health officials say



A second adult in Nassau has contracted measles to warn residents of the data and places they may have been exposed to.

The district health department on Thursday confirmed the measles diagnosis of a resident in Nassau and is working to determine who else may have been exposed, officials said. Department officials refused to specify the age, gender, hometown or occupation of the person.

According to Ministry of Health officials, the last person to receive measles may have visited several local train stations, shuttle bus stops, and restaurants on Long Island Rail Road on September 11, and 14. All sites except one are LIRR stations.

"The District Disease Control Team works continuously with the New York Department of Health to investigate this case and identify possible exposures," said Laura Curran, district leader in a statement. "The Department of Health of the Nassau district will take appropriate action based on the results of this case."

The recent case may be related to another person diagnosed with measles ̵

1; a serious and contagious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever.

Women who are pregnant, children under six months, the elderly, and immunocompromised people are at greatest risk, officials said.

Earlier this month, officials from Nassau announced the country's first measles case since 2013

Mary Eugen Laurain, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health of Nassau, said the first person infected with the disease was the person's workplace who recently traveled to the US was identified on Thursday. Laurain said the workplace was outside Nassau, but she refused to investigate the location.

Nassau identified the places and dates visited by the resident of Nassau as:

  • Sept. 11: Mineola LIRR Station to Penn Station between 3 and 7 pm; Penn Station to Mineola LIRR Station between 23:15 and 2:30 in the morning. 12: Mineola LIRR Station to Penn Station from 10.15 to 13.30; Penn Station to Mineola LIRR Station between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Sept. 14: Restaurant Noches de Columbia, 204 Jericho Tpke. in Mineola from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

MTA shuttle from LIRR Mineola Station to HIRSTRESS LIRR Station between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm

LIRR Hempstead Station to LIRR Jamaica Station between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Jamaica Station to Penn Station between 15:50 and 18:30

Penn Station to Hempstead Station between 22:00 to 02:30

MTA shuttle from Hempstead Station to Mineola Station between 00:15 and 02:30

Officers off Nassau said anyone who visited these places between these hours could have been exposed to measles.

The times determined by the county reflect the period in which the infected person was in the identified areas and a period of two hours thereafter. The measles virus lives up to two hours in the air and on surfaces.

"We have a solemn commitment to protect the health and safety of all 1.4 million people who call Nassau County home – especially the thousands of vulnerable people in our area who lack vaccinations because of their health or young age can receive, "said Curran. "We continue to emphasize that the only way to protect our children and the entire community from serious illnesses is the recommended vaccines, and the science remains clear: vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving."

The only other recent case on Long Island, in Suffolk County, was confirmed in April. It was also a person who had recently arrived in the United States. Health officials found that the person had visited a bank, a supermarket and a drugstore in Hampton Bays and Southampton while she was contagious. According to Grace Kelly-McGovern, Health Ministry spokeswoman, Suffolk administered the measles vaccine to 38 potentially exposed individuals.

According to officials from Nassau, unvaccinated people can only catch measles if they are in a room where someone has to cough or sneeze with measles. People with measles often develop a fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by a rash. It is believed that people are infectious four days before to four days after onset of the rash.

Symptoms usually occur 10-12 days after exposure, but may occur as early as 7 days and only 21 days after exposure.

Women who are pregnant, children under six months, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable.

The two-dose measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing measles. The State Health Department announced.

Earlier this month, New York City announced the end of its measles outbreak, resulting in 654 viral diagnoses since October 2018, including 52 hospital admissions.

Across the state, there have been more than 400 confirmed measles cases since October, according to the Department of Health. More than 300 of them are in Rockland County.