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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2011
Contact: J. Edmund Keating

Vice President

Winthrop University Hospital

516-663-2234

ADVISORY: CASE OF MEASLES IN NASSAU COUNTY

Winthrop University Hospital, in conjunction with the New York State and Nassau County Departments of Health, today announced that a case of measles has been confirmed in an adult traveler from overseas.



Residents may have been exposed to this individual with measles if they visited the following locations on the date and times listed below:



Winthrop University Hospital: Adult Emergency Department, May 6, 4:00PM – midnight, (not Fast Track or Pediatric Emergency Dept.)

Winthrop University Hospital: 6th Floor Hoag Pavilion May 7, 12:00 PM – May 9, 9:00 PM.



If you were visiting a patient or were a patient at Winthrop University Hospital in one of the areas of potential exposure as noted above AND are not immune to measles, (see criteria below), then you may be a candidate to receive preventive treatment. Since this must be given within six (6) days of the exposure, please contact 516 663 2500 on May 12th and May 13th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.



You are not at risk of contracting measles if you are immune. Individuals are considered immune if they were born before January 1, 1957, have a history of physician-diagnosed measles, a blood test confirming immunity or have received two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated.



Measles is a highly contagious viral infection and is spread through the air from nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Measles symptoms generally appear in two stages. In the first stage, which lasts 2-4 days, the individual may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. The eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103 degrees to 105 degrees. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the gums and inside of the cheeks. The second stage begins on the third to seventh day and consists of a red blotchy rash lasting five to six days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. The rash fades in the same order that it appeared, from head to extremities. Symptoms of measles usually appear in 10 to 12 days but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.



For additional information about measles, visit the Health Department website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html or call the Winthrop University Hospital Welcome Center at 1-866- WINTHROP.

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