Measles outbreak in New York City

Measles outbreak in New York City

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least 16 people have developed the measles in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, the NYC Health Department announced on Friday.

Seven of the patients are adults and nine are children. Four of those with the virus required hospitalization.

The highly contagious viral infection is characterized by a rash, high fever, cough, red eyes and running nose. The symptoms can last up to six days. The virus can spread easily through the air.

The symptoms of measles generally begin about a week to two weeks after becoming infected.

Anyone who suspects they have the measles is advised by Health Department officials to call their doctor or medical provider first to determine whether they should leave and potentially expose others to the virus.

One in three people with measles may develop complications.

Infants under one year of age, people who have a weakened immune system and non-immune pregnant women are at highest risk of severe illness and complications.

New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated.

Adults who don't know their vaccination history can be re-vaccinated or get a blood test to see if they are immune.

Click here to learn more about measles

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