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State warns of potential measles exposures in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam counties

State warns of potential measles exposures in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam counties

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

It also stopped at the Weaver's Farm Market on Route 15 in Port Trevorton sometime between 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Suite 2, Niagara Falls, between 3 and 6 p.m.

These times reflect the period that the infected individual was in these areas and a two-hour period after the individual left the area, as the virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department confirmed Saturday that an adult resident of the county was diagnosed with the measles virus.

The Health Department says symptoms usually start to appear one to three weeks after infection.

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The Department of Health recommends that people contact health care professionals prior to going in for care as a safety precaution. If you have symptoms, you are asked to contact a healthcare provider by phone and not enter a doctor's office, emergency or any medical facility without notifying them you may have been exposed to measles and have symptoms.

Niagara Falls Urgent Care, 3117 Military Road. You may receive vaccination or medicine (known as immune globulin) to reduce the chances of developing measles.

Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person.

Health officials in Western New York are on high alert following several reports of potential measles exposure.

Vaccination is the best prevention measurement, though no vaccine is 100 percent effective.

People are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957; have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine; have had measles before; or have a lab test confirming immunity.