The Onondaga County Health Department issued a measles exposure warning Friday after a resident was diagnosed with the contagious viral disease.
The patient was diagnosed with measles 13 days after an exposure to a measles case on a domestic flight. This individual was fully vaccinated against measles, has had mild symptoms, and is doing well.
The county is asking the public if they visited the James Street Wegmans in East Syracuse during the hours listed below to contact the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) hotline at 315-435-5752.
James Street Wegmans, 4438 James Street, East Syracuse
- July 7 (3:30 PM- 11 PM)
- July 8 (9:30 AM-8 PM)
- July 10 (2:30 PM-10 PM)
County health officials say this previously vaccinated individual with a mild case of measles poses a much lesser risk to those who may have been exposed.
Measles starts with high fever, cough, red eyes, and skin rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed. The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears. Measles is dangerous for young children especially those who have not received 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine protects 97% of vaccinated individuals. There is no specific treatment against measles.
Symptoms such as fever, red eyes, cough, and skin rash can develop until July 31, 2017.
If you have received 2 doses of MMR or measles-containing vaccine, have had measles, or were born before 1957, you are well protected against contracting measles. An extra measure of precaution is to monitor yourself for fever, cough, red eyes, and skin rash for 14 to 18 days after the potential exposure.
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