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Chris Brown, cbrown2@lohud.com

Rockland County today declared a state of emergency over the ongoing measles eruption, which has risen to at least 150 cases since October. From midnight, anyone who is it Children under the age of 18 who are not vaccinated against measles may be banned in public places. This prohibition will apply until the statement expires in 30 days or until vaccination.

The Rockland County Executive Ed Day will hold a press conference at 2:00 pm. to discuss the state of emergency.

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The announcement comes a few days after the announcement of six new exposure points in Spring Valley and Monsey including Target at Spring Valley, All Fresh Supermarket, Atrium Plaza and Designer Spot, TOR Bus Loop 2 Eastbound and Internatio Taxi.

This was the first time the county had published new exposure sites since the Thanksgiving weekend. Measles cases have risen slowly. On March 21, the county announced a total of 150 confirmed measles cases since the outbreak in October.

State health officials refused to declare state of emergency in Rockland last month after measles had attracted national attention due to an outbreak and emergency declaration in Washington State. Officials said they have held regular emergency preparedness talks with local health departments since October after activating their incident management system. At the time, there were a total of 137 measles cases in the county.

The outbreak mainly affected members of the Orthodox Jewish community, and the exposure sites were mainly in Monsey or Spring Valley. Last fall, vaccination proponents had a telephone hotline called Akeres HaBayis to tell parents to keep sending their children to school.

But Rockland's health officials warn that because of the county's small geographical size, anyone who is not vaccinated will be exposed to measles.

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, said he had reserved a comment until he heard more details. The planned state of emergency was unknown to him until a press release was published.

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"All in all, I think people should pay attention to this terrible disease," Wieder said. Who is Hasidic? "I think there is a misconception that people in the Orthodox Jewish community are not vaccinated, that's not the case, I'm vaccinated, all my children are vaccinated."

Targeted Schools

Health Commissioner of Rockland County, Dr. Ing. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert ordered on 5 December that schools in the postcodes 10952 and 10977, with vaccination rates below 95 percent, must prevent unvaccinated children from participating.

In November, nine Yeshivas were fined for not reporting unvaccinated students. A federal judge denied a restraining order to return unvaccinated students to the Green Meadow Waldorf School after their parents filed a lawsuit against the county.

Unlike other places affected by measles outbreaks such as New York City and Lakewood, New Jersey, Rockland County, has not published the number of new or active cases or demographics of affected people, but a total number of cases since the beginning of the outbreak.

New York City Health Department Reports 181 Measles Cases A new outbreak of eight measles cases in New Jersey began earlier this month after a January outbreak in New York was declared closed.

The original measles cases in New York and New Jersey came in October from travelers who travel from Israel to or from Israel to travel home to a measles outbreak that affected more than 3,400 people and killed at least two demanded.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 314 measles cases in 2019 in 15 states, including New York, New Jersey, and Washington.

In the United States, measles were eliminated due to high vaccination coverage, but measles outbreaks can do this. Officials reported that they erupt in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated areas because travelers brought measles from outside the US.

About measles

Residents are asked to check their vaccination records or consult a doctor if necessary to receive the MMR vaccine. Adults need two vaccinations that are 97 percent effective after the second dose. After a single dose, it is 93 percent effective.

Normally children have the first shot distance between 12 and 15 months and the second shot population before school starts. Because of the outbreak, health officials recommend that babies get the shot after six months, and then the regular two doses at the scheduled times.

Free MMR vaccines are available at:

  • The Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to receive a free MMR vaccine in Pomona's health complex receive.
  • The Rockland County Department of Health's Spring Valley Family Planning Clinic also offers MMR vaccines to patients Family Planning Clinic patients can call 845-364-2531 to make an appointment.
  • In addition, MMR vaccines are available from local health care providers or from a nationally qualified health center such as Refuah and Hudson River Health Care. The nationwide qualified health care centers view patients on a rolling fee scale and by appointment. Patients who are new to their centers may need to visit first before a vaccine can be given.

It is possible to get measles even if you are vaccinated, but the case will probably be milder and less contagious to health officials.

Humans are considered immune or protected if:

  • they had two doses of the MMR vaccine,
  • they had a doctor or a doctor who confirmed measles,
  • had a laboratory test to confirm immunity, or
  • They were born before 1957.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus spread by direct contact with secretions from the nose or throat of infected individuals. Symptoms include rash, fever, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and coughing. People are considered to be contagious from four days to four days after the onset of the rash, and the symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure, but may occur as early as 7 or 21 days after exposure.

Measles can stay in a room for up to two hours after visiting an infected person and can be extremely dangerous, especially for young children, pregnant women and people who are immunologically vulnerable to illness. This can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death. About one in four people with measles are hospitalized.

Anyone who suffers from symptoms is asked to stay at home, avoid visitors, and consult their doctor or the local clinic or emergency room before attempting to protect others.

Residents For more information, visit the County Department of Health's website or the state's measles number 888-364-4837.

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