Questions about measles?

A University of Rochester student recently treated at Strong Memorial Hospital has tested positive for the measles. The student has since fully recovered and is no longer contagious, but there's a chance that patients and visitors who were in specific areas while he was here, may have been exposed. The overwhelming majority of people who might have been exposed are not at-risk due to either vaccination history or age.

If you were a patient or visitor at Strong Memorial Hospital, and have not been immunized against measles, you may be at-risk for contracting the disease IF you were in any of the following locations within the facility:*

  • The Emergency Department waiting room from Jan. 31 at 10:09 pm. until February 1 at 1:41 am.
  • In the Emergency Department ADULT treatment areas between Jan. 31 at 10:41 pm. and Feb. 1 at 10:22 pm.
  • In the Extended Observation unit between Feb. 1 at 7:22 pm. and Feb. 3 at 9:45 am.

Strong Memorial is notifying patients who were in these areas during these times and has established an Information Line for patients and visitors seeking further information: 585-275-0301.

Individuals are not at-risk of contracting measles if they are immune. A person is considered immune if he or she has received two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, if they were born before January 1, 1957, have a history of laboratory-confirmed measles, or have a blood test confirming measles immunity.

Individuals who are not immune to measles, and who become ill with rash or fever should call their medical providers and let them know of a possible measles exposure BEFORE visiting the office so steps can be taken to avoid possibly exposing others.

About Measles

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Measles can lead to serious side effects and, in rare cases, death. Measles symptoms usually appear in 10 to 12 days, but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure. Symptoms generally appear in two stages:

  • In the first stage, which lasts two to four days, the individual may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the gums and inside of the cheeks.
  • The second stage begins on the third to seventh day, and consists of a red blotchy rash lasting five to six days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. The rash fades in the same order that it appeared, from head to extremities. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.
More information about measles can be found at: NYS Department of Health Measles Fact Sheet.