European visitor may have exposed WNYers to measles


The Pennsylvania Department of Health says that an individual with measles who was travelling on a tour bus stopped in Pennsylvania and may have exposed others to the disease.

Anybody who was at the Ontario Travel Plaza from 4 to 6:30 p.m. may have been exposed.

Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls, N.Y. from 3 to 6 p.m. on May 1.

The infected person also visit the Old Country Buffet, 821 Country Route 64, Elmira, NY on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Health care providers should report all suspected cases of measles to their local health department.

Fresno County residents who were at either location during those time frames and show any signs of measles should stay at home, verify their immunization status, then contact their health care provider by telephone for instructions. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rashes. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

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If you are concerned you may have been exposed, contact your doctor, clinic or health care provider before going for care to help prevent others from being exposed.

Individuals from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or circulating measles.

Measles is a highly contagious disease spread through coughing, sneezing, or contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, the Department of Health said.

The person was at the restaurant between noon and 2 p.m., county officials said.

Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, from 5:30 p.m. April 30 to 9:30 a.m. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected.

"We are fortunate today to have a vaccine that offers very good protection against illness".