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Measles Case Confirmed In Monroe County

The New York State Health Department has confirmed that a University of Rochester student who was recently treated at Strong Hospital had the measles. The student has since fully recovered and is no longer contagious.

People who were potentially exposed to the disease on the university campus are being alerted. Officials say that the overwhelming majority of people who might have been explosed are not at risk because they are considered immune, either due to their vaccination history or because they are of an age that makes them likely to have been exposed to measles in the past.

If you were a patient or visitor at Strong 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 or passed through them:

--The Emergency Department waiting room from Jan. 31 at 10:09 p.m. to Feb 1 at 1:41 a.m.

--In the Emergency Department treatment areas from Jan. 31 at 10:41 p.m. to Feb. 1 at 10:22 p.m.

--In the Extended Observation unit from Feb 1 at 7:22 p.m. to Feb. 3 at 9:45 a.m.

If you need more information, Monroe County has an information line: It is  753-5150 until 7 pm.

After 7:00 pm.  call 753-5905.  You will need to  leave your name and number and someone will call you back.

The University of Rochester has checked the vaccination records of its students and is preparing to inform faculty and staff about what steps will be required to prevent the spread of the illness. Anyone who visited the University of Rochester's River Campus between Monday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Jan. 31, may have been exposed. Individuals who were at any of these locations during the timeframe listed above, and not immune to measles or not sure of their measles immunity, should contact their primary care physician, local emergency room, or the county health department where they reside.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.