Stephanie GiangApr 22, 2018, 4:17 pm

State health officials issue measles alert after infected tourists visit NY

The European visitors made stops in Putnam, Orange, and Brooklyn


PATTERSON — Health officials have issued an advisory after two European tourists infected with measles visited various areas in Putnam and Orange counties.

The unidentified visitors stopped at several locations around New York between April 15th and April 17th, including the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Brooklyn, the Watchtower World Headquarters in Tuxedo Park, and the Watchtower Educational Center in Patterson.

Measles symptoms include a cough, sore throat runny nose, red eyes and a rash. Physician Jennifer Park of the New York-Presbyterian Medical Group says measles can be incredibly contagious if a person has a rash.

"It can be a rash that starts at the hairline and moves down the body. It can start with just red spots and then it can have raised bumps as well," Dr. Park said.

Similar measles exposure warnings were issued in February when an infected Australian tourist visited the Patterson Watchtower Complex and sites in Orange County and New York City.

No additional measles cases have been reported at this time but health officials urge those who think they've been exposed to contact the New York

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