UR student treated for measles at Strong Memorial Hospital

Updated: 02/10/2014 5:55 PM
Created: 02/10/2014 11:50 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

There’s a health alert tonight regarding the highly contagious disease, the measles. The student at the University of Rochester had measles, but has since recovered. Health officials put out a warning. They’re concerned about exposure and who was near this student when the student was sick.

The University of Rochester has narrowed it down to specific places and times.

-The Emergency Department waiting room from Jan 31 at 10:09 pm to Feb. 1 at 1:41 am 
-In the Emergency Department treatment areas from Jan. 31 at 10:41 pm to Feb. 1 at 10:22 pm
-In the Extended Observation unit from Feb. 1 at 7:22 pm to Feb. 3 at 9:45 am

Dr. Paul Graman, UR Medicine, said, “People who know they were in those specific locations, at those specific times, need to address whether they are immune to measles or not.”

Dr. Byron Kennedy, Monroe County Health Director, said, “Our primary message to those individuals is that if you think you are not vaccinated or you haven't been immunized for measles and that you might have been exposed, then you should go to your primary care provider.”

Because of privacy laws, the doctors can’t say the name of the student, where the student lives or where the student came from. But they do say the only place the student was while he or she was sick was on campus and at the hospital. Now most of the people who came in contact with the student are immune because the University of Rochester requires immunizations of all students, faculty and staff and everyone who works at the hospital. The doctors say the vaccine is 99.7 percent effective.

Dr. Ralph Manchester, UR Medicine, said, “But on a campus of 10,000 students, that means there could be about 30 people who are in the three tenths of a percent.”

Courtney Astemborski, Senior at UR, said, “I know I've had my vaccinations. But I'm slightly worried because you're like, oh, will it work? But I'm hoping that since the vaccinations have happened, I'm okay.”

University of Rochester officials say they know every student, staff member and patient who was exposed and they are being contacted. What they don’t know is who the visitors, cops or EMTs are that were exposed. They want those people to check their immunization records and check with their doctor.

A person is considered immune if they have received two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or  if they was born before January 1, 1957 or has a history of laboratory-confirmed measles or  has a blood test confirming measles immunity. 

People who are not immune to measles, and who become ill with rash or fever should call their doctor.

Strong has set up an information line for individuals seeking further information: 585-275-0301. 

For more information about measles, click here.

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