NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York City Health Department is investigating an outbreak of measles in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
The department has diagnosed seven adults and nine children with the highly contagious infection. The cases were identified in Inwood, Washington Heights and the in Highbridge, Morrisania and the central Bronx. Four of those diagnosed have been hospitalized.
Health officials are urging New Yorkers to get a MMR vaccination.
Symptoms of measles include a rash that begins on the face and spreads down the body and fever. People with the illness can spread it easily to other four days before even developing a rash, and four days after the rash appears.
The infection can also cause life threatening complications like pneumonia and brain inflammation.
Infants, people with a weakened immune system and pregnant women are especially at risk of developing complications.
The department says they are working with NYC hospitals to prevent the spread of the virus in emergency rooms.