The first case of adult measles has been confirmed in an adult in Suffolk County, health officials said yesterday.
Adults recently arrived from outside the United States and the case appears to be related to no recent measles cases in New York State, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, which is investigating the case with the New York State Department of Health.
The county "will take appropriate action based on the findings," the Department of Health said in a press release.
Health officials did not provide any information about the infected person except to indicate that they were on Saturday, April 20, at Hampton Bays on the 48 East Montauk Highway at Hampton Bays. Ask anyone who visited the bank branch that day between 1
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread through direct contact with secretions from the nose or throat of infected people. People first develop a fever, then cough, runny nose and watery eyes can occur, followed by a rash.
Humans are considered infectious from four days to four days after the rash occurs. Symptoms usually occur 10-12 days after exposure, but may already occur 7 days and 21 days after exposure.
Measles cases are the highest nationwide, since the infection was declared eliminated in 2000, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, 22 states have reported cases involving a total of 695 infections this year.
"This outbreak is extremely worrying and I urge all health care providers to guarantee patients the efficacy and safety of the measles vaccine," said CDC Director Robert Redfield in a statement Wednesday.
The high number of cases in 2019 is primarily the result of some major outbreaks – one in the state of Washington and two major outbreaks in New York, which began in late 2018. The outbreaks in New York City and the state of New York are among the longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance that measles in the United States will regain a permanent footing, according to the CDC.
Health officials are calling on all people to abide by the CDC vaccination guidelines to protect themselves and their families.
Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. If a person is not sure if they are immune, they should contact their doctor, Suffolk Health Department said. Typically, the first dose of the MMR vaccine should be given at the age of 12 to 15 months, and the second dose should be given at the age of 4 to 6 years (age of entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life. New York State needs a vaccine against measles for children enrolled in schools, day care and pre-school. Since August 1990, college students must also demonstrate immunity to measles.
In New York, due to religious beliefs and certain medical conditions, parents may request exemptions from the vaccination rules for children attending public school.
A growing anti-vaccine movement is leading to more and more children being at risk of infection, health officials say.
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