Nassau County health officials say a 9-month-old child who has been diagnosed with a case of measles may have exposed the public at Roosevelt Field Mall.
The Department of Health said possible exposure to the virus that causes the highly contagious respiratory disease may have occurred to those who were at Macy’s in Garden City on Thursday, Jan. 20 between 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Symptoms appear in 10 to 12 days but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure.
The first stage lasts two to four days. Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, red eyes, light sensitivity and a slight fever that gradually rises each day.
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.
Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.
Those who may have been exposed and have symptoms are used to call health care providers or emergency rooms before going for care so that others are not exposed to the illness.
The child, a Nassau County resident whose identity was not released, recently traveled internationally to a location with known measles, officials said.
For additional information about measles, visit the Health Department website or call 516-227-9697.