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The confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County have risen to 33, with five suspected cases being investigated, officials said
Rockland County has been dealing with a measles outbreak in recent weeks
Ministry of Health Shuts Down Vaccine Clinics in Response to Growing Infectious Disease Cases
Confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County have risen to 33, with five suspected cases being investigated, officials said Sunday.
Rockland County has been struggling with a measles outbreak in recent weeks ̵
To prevent the spread of the disease, the Rockland County Health Department advises anyone who may have measles to contact their health care provider, local clinic, or local emergency department before caring. This will help to prevent others in these institutions from being exposed to the disease.
Measles are a highly contagious disease. Young children, immunocompromised and non-immune pregnant women are at the highest risk for serious complications. Measles are transmitted by airborne particles, droplets and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person.
Measles are an acute viral disease characterized by fever and generalized rash. Infected persons are contagious from the fourth day before the rash until the fourth day after the rash.
Rockland officials encourage everyone to be up to date with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine to help them in case of future exposure to measles in Rockland.
The Ministry of Health stopped vaccine clinics in response to the growing number of cases.