NEW YORK, NNC – The New York State Department of Health has announced that an Australian tourist had been confirmed to have carried measles virus while on vacation in New York City.
Health workers in New York appealed to the public to remain on alert. The reason, there are some residents who have not received measles vaccine.
Measles virus can stay alive for up to two hours in the air or on the surface, and health officials have issued warnings to anyone who may be exposed to the Australian tourist as he traveled throughout New York City.
Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis, or runny nose. The symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.
Measles was declared annihilated from the US in 2000. According to data compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is estimated that nearly 95 percent of eligible people in New York have received a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, which is 97 percent effective against measles.
In 2013, an epidemic spread in an orthodox Jewish community living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The original carrier - infected during a trip to London - and 57 other people infected were not vaccinated.
In 2015, larger outbreaks are scattered in several states and involving more than 100 people, with transmission centers considered to occur at two Disney theme parks in California. Measles also spreads mostly among the unvaccinated.