ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that measles has been confirmed in a young child who was admitted to Albany Medical Center, and members of the public may have been exposed.
If you were a patient or visitor at Albany Medical Center, and have not been immunized against measles, officials say you may be at risk for contracting the disease if you were in any of the following locations within the facility:
Albany Medical Center is notifying patients who were in these areas during these times, and has established a hotline for individuals seeking updates and further information: 518-262-2101.
Anyone not immune that becomes ill with rash or fever should call their medical providers and let them know of a possible measles exposure before visiting the office to prevent others from being exposed.
Individuals are not at risk of contracting measles if they are immune. A person is considered immune if he or she has received two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or if born before January 1, 1957, or has a history of laboratory-confirmed measles, or has a blood test confirming measles immunity.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Symptoms usually appear in 10 to 12 days, but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure.
Symptoms generally appear in two stages.
In the first stage, which lasts two to four days, the individual may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. 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. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.
On February 2, RPI's medical director confirmed a case of measles in one of
the school's students.
More information about measles can be found at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/measles/fact_sheet.htm.