Measles alert after LI girl gets sick

August 17, 2008 6:55:36 AM PDT
On Long Island, a 13-year-old girl from Babylon contracted measles, setting of a health alert in Suffolk County. The girl apparently visited the Bay Shore mall on July 29th.

Non-immune people could develop the disease for up to 18-days after contact with the teen.

Health officials say she likely caught measles while traveling through Europe. Symptoms include ear aches, runny nose, fever, and a tell-tale rash.

The infected girl is now resting at home and is no longer contagious.

More Information About Measles

Measles is an acute viral illness characterized by a fever (101 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, red eyes, runny nose and conjunctivitis. The illness typically lasts 5 to 6 days, with a rash that starts on the face and then moves down the body to the extremities, including the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Complications from measles can include diarrhea and pneumonia, particularly in young children.

Currently, there are outbreaks of measles in California, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Israel, as well as endemic

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