A tourist diagnosed with the measles visited the Mid-Hudson region and could have spread the disease to others.

The New York State Department of Health is warning local residents that an Australian tourist who has been traveling in our area is infected with the measles and could have spread it to others.

The tourist was part of an Oasis Bible Tour group that visited Manhattan, Putnam County, and an Orange County hotel. The patient also visited an Urgent Care Center in Orange County, and Orange Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Here is a time line of the infected tourist's travels.

  • La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York, NY, between February 16 and the morning of February 19, 2018.
  • Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, the morning of February 16, and the evening of February 17, 2018.
  • Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, NY, between 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on February 19, 2018.
  • Best Western Hotel, 1324 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, from February 19 until 12:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen – Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, from 4:30 p.m. on February 20 until 10:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.
  • Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.
  • Orange Regional Medical Center, Emergency Department, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, NY, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2018.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The good news is that those who have been immunized with the MMR vaccine have an extremely low chance of becoming infected. However, those who have a low immune system or who have not received a vaccination and have visited the locations listed above should look out for symptoms including a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department of Health advises "individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness."

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