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Second Capital Region measles case confirmed

Second Capital Region measles case confirmed

The State Department of Health confirmed a second case of measles in the Capital Region Thursday.

A second person has been confirmed to have recently had measles in the Capital Region, resulting in officials issuing an alert Thursday.

The state Department of Health said a young child was admitted to Albany Medical Center with the illness Jan. 31.

The alert follows a similar warning after another case was reported at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. Officials said that case was related to a volleyball tournament held Jan. 26 at Mohonasen High School.

The alerts relate to those not already immune to the disease through vaccination or other means.

In the new case, patients or visitors at Albany Medical Center on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 who have not been immunized against measles may be at risk for contracting the disease if they were in specific parts of the hospital at certain times, officials said.

Officials gave those locations and times as either the C or D buildings from 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 or the C7 wing between 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and midnight Feb. 1.

Albany Medical Center is notifying patients who were in those areas at those times and has opened a hotline for those seeking updates or further information at 518-262-2101.

People who were in those areas and who aren’t immune or are unsure should contact their primary-care physician or the county health department where they reside, officials said.

In the other recent case, an RPI student came down with the disease. Anyone who was a patient or accompanied a patient to the Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department in Troy from 8 p.m. Jan. 31 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 1 and is not immune was asked to contact the hospital or county health department.

That case also resulted in similar instructions given for those who were the RPI campus Jan. 26-31 or Mohonasen High School between 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Individuals may have been visiting the school for a volleyball tournament that day.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. It can lead to serious side effects and, in rare cases, death. Symptoms usually appear in 10 to 12 days, but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure. Preventive treatment must be given within six days of exposure to be effective.

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