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The state Department of Health is warning people in several NY counties that they may have been exposed to measles at places visited by a tourist from Europe on April 30 and May 1 and 2.

A traveler from Europe may have exposed people in Chemung, Genesee, Livingston and Niagara counties to measles at the following locations.

Weaver's Farm Market, 8160 Susquehanna Trail (Route 15), Port Trevorton, from 2:15 p.m.to 4:30 p.m.

Suite 2, Niagara Falls, between 3 and 6 p.m. The virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Meanwhile, those who are most at risk of being infected are infants (under one year of age) who are too young to have received the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine as well as older individuals who have refused vaccination. Measles symptoms include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose, and usually appear 10-12 days after exposure. Fresno County residents who were in the above mentioned locations during the 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. After returning to California they developed the symptoms and may have exposed others during the visit to a local urgent care center and at the emergency room at Clovis Community Medical Center (CCMC). That will help prevent others at those facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y. from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. p.m. on May 2.

It's recommended people contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.

The person was at the restaurant between noon and 2 p.m., county officials said. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.


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