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Health outbreak alert: NYC hit with multiple cases of contagious measles

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It is scary to hear that measles alone is a highly contagious disease that can spread from one individual to another because it is an airborne illness. It is even more frightening to hear that a city such as New York City has an outbreak of measles to contend with.

In a current news report on March 7 by CBS News, New Yorkers have something to be concerned about. The NYC health officials put out a warning to all residents that those who haven’t been vaccinated should do so. So far adults and children have been identified with the measles. Sixteen cases have been confirmed thus far.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the outbreak has hospitalized four people, has nice cases involving children and seven adults who have come down with the measles already. There have been fifty-four cases of measles in the United States this year plus a dozen other cases from people who traveled to the Philippines. California also reported an outbreak as well last month.

The outbreak currently is affected individuals in Manhattan and the Bronx. Measles is characterized as a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms arising from this virus are: high fever, rash, pneumonia, death, miscarriage, brain inflammation, runny nose, cough, sore throat and red, watery eyes.

Anyone showing signs of this illness should seek medical attention immediately to prevent further spread of the measles!

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