Suffolk Reports Confirmed Case of Measles in Infant
Health officials urge exposed individuals to monitor for symptoms
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has been
notified of a laboratory confirmed case of measles in an infant who
arrived recently from overseas. The child was taken to Good Samaritan
Hospital Emergency Room (ER) in West Islip on January 19, for evaluation
and was released, and was seen at HRHCare Martin Luther King Jr. Family
Health Center in Wyandanch on January 25.
To prevent the spread of this highly communicable disease, SCDHS asks
individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent
with measles, to call their physicians, health care providers or
emergency rooms before going for care. If it is not possible to call
ahead, individuals with symptoms should identify themselves as a
potential measles patient immediately upon presentation so that others
are not exposed in a waiting room.
Anyone who is not fully immune to measles and was in the Good Samaritan
Hospital ER between the hours of 5:57 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on January 19,
2017, is considered exposed to measles. Those individuals should notify
their healthcare providers immediately if they experience symptoms
consistent with measles. Persons with questions about exposure at Good
Samaritan Hospital should call 631-376-3000.
Anyone who is not fully immune to measles and was at HRHCare Martin
Luther King Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch between the hours of 9:45
a.m. and 3:45 p.m.is considered exposed to measles. Those who were
exposed and have not already been contacted by HRHCare should contact
the health center at 516-214-8020 immediately, as preventive measures
may be effective if vaccine is administered within 72 hours of exposure
(by January 28, 2017) or if immune globulin (IG) is administered within 6
days of exposure (by January 31, 2017).
Only persons with two documented measles-containing vaccines, a blood
test showing immunity, or those born (and lived in the United States)
prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles. Individuals who have had
only one measles vaccine dose should obtain a second dose.
Commissioner of Health Services James L. Tomarken, MD, said, "We are in
close contact with Good Samaritan Hospital, HRHCare, and the New York
State Department of Health. Good Samaritan Hospital and HRHCare are
reaching out to individuals who were exposed to measles on the dates of
potential exposure. However, there may be others who were exposed and
whose contact information we do not have. We ask anyone who was at these
locations and may have been exposed to be alert for symptoms and to
contact their health care providers immediately if they experience
Individuals who may be at high-risk for complications from measles
include children less than 1 year of age, pregnant women and
Measles symptoms generally appear in two stages: early symptoms include a
runny nose, cough and a fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive
to light, while the fever may gradually rise each day. Later symptoms
begin on the third day and consist of a temperature of 101 degrees
Fahrenheit or higher, and a red, blotchy rash lasting four to seven
days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads over the
entire body. Little white spots may also appear inside the mouth.
Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure, although they may
occur as early as seven or as late as 21 days after exposure.
Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of
infected people or by airborne transmission. Measles is one of the most
contagious communicable diseases and can be contracted at any age.
SCDHS is also asking all health providers to report all cases of suspect
measles to the SCDHS Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at
For facts about measles, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170 OR http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html