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Suspected measles case at Riedman campus

May 15, 2019 05:53 PM

IRONDEQUOIT N.Y. (WHEC) — A possible case of the measles in Rochester is now the focus of an investigation by state health officials.

Earlier Wednesday, someone with what doctors think might be measles, showed up at the Rochester Regional Health facility on East Ridge Road.

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Administrators with Rochester Regional Health say they may be overreacting, but with the threat of measles in New York growing, they're on a hair trigger.

When the adult came into the facility around 11:30 a.m. workers identified that person's symptoms as possibly measles. That's when the patient was quarantined and tested, and those samples have been sent to the state's labs in Wadsworth.

Doctors here say measles cases are rare in the Rochester area but they do happen occasionally and because of the full-fledged measles outbreak happening in New York City among people who haven't been vaccinated, they're on a high alert.

The warning signs of measles are a high fever and a rash all over the body, and the fact that the patient hasn't gotten a measles vaccine.

Doctors ask that anyone in that condition, call ahead before showing up.

It's expected to be at least three days before the state lab comes up with results to establish whether this actually is a case of the measles.

Rochester Regional Health says the patient was not admitted and there's not much you can do once someone has the measles except stay hydrated and maybe take medication for the fever.

Again, health officials are urging all of us to make sure we're vaccinated and our kids get vaccinated.

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