Hospitals may be to blame for NYC measles cases: report

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Doctors urge vaccinations after 16 confirmed cases of measles in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City health official says medical facilities may be partly to blame for a rare outbreak of measles.

There have been 20 confirmed cases of measles in the city during the past several weeks.

Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Jay Varma tells The New York Times that investigators are looking into whether some patients were exposed to the virus in hospitals or doctors’ offices.

Varma said there were measles patients who were not quarantined as quickly as they should have been.

He did not identify any medical facilities that may have been at fault.

The Times said NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center alerted staffers by email last week that hundreds of patients could have been exposed to measles.

The hospital said it’s contacting the patients as a precaution.