Australian tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles, health department says

Health department officials say an Australian tourist with

Health department officials say an Australian tourist with measles may have exposed others to the virus around the city last week

A tourist may have spread the measles during visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and hotels across the tristate area, health officials announced.

The tourist in question seems to have travelled across the city and surrounding counties between 16th and 21st February 2018.

The infected individual was a participant on an "Oasis Bible Tour group", and the areas he visited since February 16 are highlighted as a health risk for possible contamination.

The general manager of the Atlantic Avenue Best Western told the Brooklyn Eagle that as of yesterday, "everything here is perfectly fine".

Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen - Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, from 4:30 p.m. on February 20 until 10:30 a.m. on February 21.

Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.

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The Australian visited an Urgent Care Center in Orange County, New York and the Orange Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department on February 21, according to the department's announcement. Individuals who frequently travel, or have visited Manhattan recently, should be aware of the symptoms, which include but are not limited to: muscle pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, skin rash, cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10 to 12 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of measles, the state health department is advising anyone who may have been exposed and who has these symptoms to contact their health care provider, a local clinic or a local emergency department before they visit to receive care. Anyone there at the same time may have been exposed to the virus.

The health department said to prevent spreading the illness, anyone who may have been exposed and who has symptoms should contact their doctor before going in for care.

According to the NYSDOH, a tourist from Australia visiting New York City tested positive for the Measles, which is considered a "highly contagious" disease. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of the rash.

This announcement was made last Friday by the New York State Department of Health.

Australia's overall vaccination coverage rate is good, according to the country's National Center for Immunization Research & Surveillance. Since August 1990, this has also been required of college students. Health care providers should report all suspected cases of measles to their local health department.

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