GARDEN CITY, NY (AP / CBS New York) – Health officials say a 9-month-old baby infected with measles may have exposed others last month at a Long Island department store.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long Island

The Nassau County Health Department says the child was at the Roosevelt Field Macy’s on Jan. 20 from 3 to 10:30 p.m.

“The child recently traveled internationally to countries that are known to have measles – Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.” Nassau County Health Department Spokesperson Mary Ellen Lorrain told WCBS 880.

The virus can cause symptoms ranging from fever and rash to diarrhea and ear infections. The illness typically begins with a rash on the face, which can spread to the rest of the body.

Anyone who feels they have symptoms or may have been exposed are being asked to call health care providers or emergency rooms before going for care so that others are not exposed to the illness.

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Comments (7)
  1. lilady says:

    There are recommendations in the “CDC Yellow Book Measles Vaccine” for immunizing infants ages 6 – 11 months of age, prior to travel to endemic areas.

    The CDC Yellow Book recommendations are used by physicians specializing in travel medication and immunizations and is available on the internet. Single antigen measles vaccine or the combined MMR vaccine given before one year old provide temporary protection and such infants should receive the prescribed 2 MMR vaccines after their first birthday.

  2. Suzanne says:

    The baby is to young to get the MMR shot. They receive this shot at 1. However doctors usually recommend not taking an infant abroad until they get this shot first. For this very reason.

  3. Shannon says:

    Children usually receive the MMR vaccine a year after their first birthday according to CDC guidelines. They said in the article that she traveled to where measles was.

  4. Sally says:

    a 9-month old baby is too young to have the MMR shot. Children need to be 13-months old before they can have it. If the baby is healthy, well nourished, and well cared for, its immune system will deal with measles without any serious consequences. The only outcome should be a lifelong immunity to measles. With vaccinated children, immunity wears off around the age of 14.

  5. Micha says:

    Um, why was the 9 month old not vaccinated for measles? Parents who don’t vaccinate their kids should be held responsible when things like this happen.

  6. Peter says:

    What happened to getting the MMR shot?

    1. Kate says:

      It’s because vaccines cause autism, don’tcha know. (read only with mild sarcasm)

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