Measles warning given on Long Island

April 7, 2008 4:41:58 PM PDT
There has been a possible outbreak of measles on Long Island.A health alert is being issued to anyone who may have come in contact with a baby, now being treated for measles.

Health officials don't want anyone to panic, but they are ready to treat hundreds of people who could've been exposed to measles.

An 8-month-old baby traveling with his family from Israel has exposed possible hundreds of people in the Garden City area around April 3rd.

Officials say it's highly contagious although rare. Measles is a respriatory infection that can affect the brain and cause pneumonia.

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Watery eyes
  • Red blotchy rash

    "We are most concerned for infants under the age of one because they are at a higher risk because they have not been immunized and because their immune system is not as strong as older children therefor they are more prone to complications," said Dr. Abby Greenburg with the Center of Health.

    Officials say the 8-month-old baby is being treated and is fine.

    The Nassau County Department of Health will be providing vaccine to those high risk individuals who have been exposed. This will be provided at the Health Department building, 106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale, South entrance to the building, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m..tonight, April 7 through April 9.

    Individuals should call the888-844-8657 number to register and get directions.