According to the NYSDOH, a tourist from Australia visiting New York City tested positive for the Measles, which is considered a “highly contagious” disease.
Nassau County, NY - February 26, 2018 - Nassau University Medical Center officials have arranged for the hospital to be prepared for possible Measles-related admissions in the wake of the recent NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) warning message that New York hospital facilities should be on “high alert” with regard to symptoms of the Measles.
According to the NYSDOH, a tourist from Australia visiting New York City tested positive for the Measles, which is considered a “highly contagious” disease. The Hospital will be taking extraordinary precautions with regard to the prevention of the Measles’ spread, specifically through isolating individuals who display symptoms which indicate a possible Measles infection.
According to the State’s message, the case was diagnosed by doctors after the tourist visited a hotel located on East 71st Street in Manhattan. 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. According to experts, symptoms of the Measles could be mistaken for the common cold, and begin between 10 and 14 days after exposure.
Nassau County, which is home to upwards of 1.3 million people, is a suburb of New York City and is a main hub for commuters employed within the five boroughs of New York. A large number of commuters rely on the Long Island Rail Road and other forms of public transit to commute to NYC daily. Nassau University Medical Center is located in the heart of Nassau County, which borders Queens/NYC. The hospital will be taking the necessary precautions in advance of a possible Measles outbreak in the greater Nassau County region.