The New York State Department of Health is warning people in the New York City area that an Australian tourist who visited several attractions and venues from February 16 to 21 was confirmed to have measles.
The infected tourist started his Manhattan visit at a La Quinta Inn on West 71st Street on February 16 and stayed until the 19th.
Officials also said he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and anyone there on February 16 or 17 may have also been exposed.
The general manager of the Atlantic Avenue Best Western told the Brooklyn Eagle that as of yesterday, "everything here is perfectly fine".
The state health department said the times reflect the period of time when the tourist was at each location and a two-hour period after the person left the area, as the measles virus remains in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and red watery eyes, followed by appearance of the rash. That danger is also less for people who have been vaccinated versus it.
The Health Department, she explained, provided affected individuals with relevant information and offered support for individuals who did not know whether or not they had been vaccinated. That risk is even smaller for people who have been vaccinated against it. In 2013, a outbreak spread across an orthodox Jewish community living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Hospital will be taking extraordinary precautions with regard to the prevention of the Measles' spread, specifically through isolating individuals who display symptoms which indicate a possible Measles infection.
In New York state, measles immunization is required for children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-K. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.
In 2017, 118 people from 15 states and Washington, D.C. had measles, compared to 86 people from 19 states in 2016 and 188 people from 24 states and D.C.in 2015.
Recent spikes in measles cases have been attributed to more cases in countries to which Americans often travel, and in pockets of United States communities with unvaccinated people.
"We identified any [individuals] who had direct contact with the infected visitor, and they were given further information and support as needed", the center said.
Measles has recently hit the NY, and federal health executives are suggesting the city's tiny unvaccinated group of people to be on a lookout.