Update: Individual With Measles Reported at Other Locations in Southampton

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Update: Friday, 1:30 p.m.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services announced Friday that it has learned that the individual confirmed to have measles had visited additional venues in Suffolk County while infectious. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles: King Kullen on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays on April 20 between 2:30 and 5 p.m. and CVS on South Main Street in Southampton on April 20 between 4:45 and 7 p.m.

These times reflect the period that the infected individual was at these locations 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 health department urges anyone who may have been exposed to measles to contact their health care provider to assess their immunity.

Anyone with questions can call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at (631) 854-0333, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours and on the weekends, call (631) 852-4820.

Original Story:

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has confirmed a case of the measles in an adult who recently arrived in the United States and visited the BNB Bank branch on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

According to a news release issued Thursday afternoon, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has said anyone who visited that bank branch between 12:15 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, may have been exposed to the measles. The department is asking anyone who was in the bank at that time to call the Public Health line at (631) 854-0333 during business hours or (631) 852-4820 after hours and on weekends.

“At this time, the case does not appear to be related to any current measles cases in New York State,” the news release said. “SCDHS, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, is investigating the case, and will take appropriate action based on the findings.”

The SCDHS has said people are considered “protected or immune to measles” if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had the measles disease, or have a lab test confirming immunity.

Measles has been described as “a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people,” according to the SCDHS. “People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash.” Those who contract measles are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash, and symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure, though may appear as early as seven days or as late as 21 days after exposure.

More information about measles may be found online at health.ny.gov/publications/2170 or cdc.gov/measles/index.html.

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