L.I. Baby Confirmed With Measles

It's a health warning adults and kids need to take seriously.

A 1-year-old child has contracted measles,  Nassau county health officials announced today.

The youngster's name and identity have not been released; but the child may have exposed others to the highly contagious illness.

The toddler visited various locations in Hempstead and Garden City between January 21 and January 26. According to the county health department, anyone who came in contact with the child and is exhibiting measles' should see a doctor immediately.

The locations the youngster visited are listed as follows: Island Garden Basketball in Hempstead; Jan. 21, from 9:30AM to 2:30PM.

And 975 Franklin Avenue, Garden City; Jan. 23 from 8:25AM until 12:15PM and Jan. 25 from 8:45AM to 12:45PM; and, Jan. 26 from 8:45 to 2:15PM.

Call your doctor or emergency room before going so as not to expose more people to the illness, urged health officials.

Measles can be contracted at any age, health officials warn.  

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.  Measles 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.

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.

For more information, go to the health department's website at nassaucountyny.gov.

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