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Tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles

Ben Schmitt
| Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

The Big Apple has a measles scare in effect.

The New York State Department of Health warned people in New York City about an Australian tourist confirmed to have measles who visited hotels and the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Feb. 16 to 21, according to the Washington Post .

Mumps and measles — both highly infectious viruses — are rare today because of the MMR vaccine, which is administered to children. But experts say there are suggestions the immunizations may lose strength as people age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92 percent of U.S. children had received the recommended two doses of the vaccine before age 3.

Earlier this month, Allegheny County reported a measles case in a Carnegie Mellon University student , and officials at Penn State's University Park campus reported four confirmed cases of mumps among students there.

The New York locations where people could have been exposed to measles are:

• La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York City.

• Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York City.

• Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, N.Y.

• Best Western Hotel, 1324 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

• Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen — Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, N.Y.

• Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, N.Y.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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