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Health department warns of potential measles exposure in Erie County

Posted: 4:39 PM, Dec 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 04:21:56Z
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ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of measles in the county and is warning the public of a potential exposure.

The health department reports that while contagious, the affected individual visited numerous locations throughout Erie County between December 4 and December 11.

Here is the list of locations and times where exposure may have occurred:

  • Catholic Charities, 20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo on 12/4/2018 between 11:00am and 5:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Health Clinic, 608 William Street, Buffalo on 12/4/2018 between 11:30am and 4:00pm
  • Sweet Home High School, 1909 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on 12/5/2018 between 5:00pm and 10:30pm
  • Erie County Department of Social Services, 158 Pearl Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 8:00am and 1:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Health Clinic, 608 William Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 10:30am and 2:00pm
  • Catholic Charities, 20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 11:30am and 3:00pm
  • Erie County Department of Social Services, 158 Pearl Street, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 12:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Aldi, 4259 Transit Road, Buffalo on 12/6/2018 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm
  • Best Buy, 4401 Transit Road, Williamsville on 12/6/2018 between 6:00pm and 9:15pm
  • Marshalls, 2383 Maple Road, Williamsville on 12/6/2018 between 6:00pm and 10:00pm
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Emergency Department, 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville on 12/10/2018 between 9:00am and 5:30pm

The health department says measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include a high fever, pink eye, a rash, and runny nose.

A spokesperson for Kaleida Health issued this statement on the measles patient at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital:

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has confirmed that an individual who reported to the Emergency Department on Monday, December 10th has tested positive for measles. Hospital staff took immediate measures including placing the patient, who was clinically stable, on appropriate airborne isolation. The patient was treated and released. As per protocol, the New York State Department of Health was notified and all patients, family members and hospital staff that were in the Emergency Department on Monday, December 10th (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) are being advised of the exposure. They will be given follow up instructions. The patients’ identity will not be released due to Federal privacy law. Individuals with additional questions or concerns may contact the hospital’s Infection Prevention Office at (716) 568-3999, Erie County Department of Health at (716) 858-7697 or their primary care provider.

Sweet Home Central School District issued this statement on their website:

Sweet Home Central School District has been informed by the Erie County Department of Health of a confirmed case of measles that entered into the High School building on the evening of Wednesday, December 5. The case was documented in our evening English as a Second Language program and we were assured by the Department of Health that the threat of contracting measles ended two hours after the individual left the building. Anyone that has been vaccinated for measles would be in no danger of getting them. If you have not been vaccinated and you were in our high school between the hours of 5pm and 10pm on the evening of Wednesday, December 5, you should contact your family physician for further guidance. Those individuals lacking immunity or not sure if they have been vaccinated are at risk of developing measles. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis and/or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure but may take as long as 21 days.

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