An Australian tourist visiting New York City may have exposed people in Manhattan and Brooklyn to the measles virus, officials said.
The New York State Department of Health announced last week that a tourist who visited the two boroughs, plus multiple locations outside the city, between Feb. 16 and Feb. 21 has been confirmed to have the measles. Visitors to the following locations may have been exposed to the virus, according to the Department of Health:
The measles virus can cause cough, fever, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat and a skin rash, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those with the disease may in some cases develop serious complications, and it is especially dangerous for young children. While measles is highly contagious among those who haven’t been immunized, the risk of infection is very low for those who have been vaccinated, as most people today are.
Still, the state Department of Health is urging anyone who may be at risk to watch for symptoms, which typically develop 10 to 14 days after exposure. Anyone who does exhibit measles symptoms, officials said, should alert a health care provider before seeking treatment, so as to avoid potentially spreading the virus further.
Jamie Ducharme at jamie.ducharme.