ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – There are 72 cases of measles now confirmed in Rockland County as well as 7 suspect…
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – There are 72 cases of measles now confirmed in Rockland County as well as 7 suspect cases that the county Department of Health continues to investigate. There are four cases in the last two days.
SE: Mass Exposure: 13 More Cases in Four Days In Rockland County
Even residents born before 1957, who have always been considered immune, can catch measles in this outbreak.
Fairs are a highly contagious disease. Young children, immunocompromised and non-immune pregnant women are at the highest risk of serious complications. Exhibitions are transferred by airborne particles, drops and direct contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretion.
Fairs usually present in adults and children as an acute viral disease characterized by fever and generalized skin rashes. Emissions usually start in the face, continue into the body, and may include the palms and the sole. Emissions last several days. Infected individuals are infectious from four days prior to rash outbreaks through the fourth day after rashes.
If you think you were exposed to measles, contact your healthcare provider before applying for care to prevent exposure to other patients. Talk to the medical staff if you have fever and rashes and about known exposures or international travel. You can prevent measles by ensuring that you and your family have received two doses of MMR vaccine.
Rockland Health Care Professionals have tightened restrictions on schools in the geographic area where the outbreak is concentrated. All schools in New Square and any school in Spring Valley or Monsey where the immunization rate is less than 80 percent, must keep unmarried or under-vaccinated students at home.
Restrictions affecting 34 schools apply to 21
days after the last test case is confirmed in the county – and officials confirm that it may be months away.
The county also wants children to be vaccinated earlier than usual.
Instead of waiting for 12 months, all children 6 months or older or one adult who had not received their first MMR vaccine should still be given their first MMR vaccine now.
“We continue to encourage everyone to be up to date with the MMR vaccine to protect them from any future exposure to measles in Rockland,” said the county health commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. “Bulbs are very contagious, so anyone who is not protected from measles is at risk of getting the disease, and they can spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have special health conditions.”
The outbreak in Rockland, which began with visitors from Israel and residents who visited Israel, affects primarily the ultra-orthodox Jewish community.