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Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, health commissioner of Rockland County, informs about the measles outbreak in Rockland County. Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Peter Carr, pcarr@lohud.com

More than 2,000 people have been vaccinated in Rockland County since the eruption of measles in late September. 18 people were infected with the highly contagious virus. Another six cases were investigated. 19659007] The district health ministry has been providing free measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) clinics in recent weeks, and the Refuah Health Center has also vaccinated residents.

Raizel Lew brought her two small children to Monsey's vaccine clinic on Thursday, saying she realized that it was better to have the vaccine than the disease.

"My kids were so nervous about getting a shot," she said. "I said it hurts less than the measles."

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The next clinic is at 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Darden Center, Spring Valley, Dr. Ing. Mountain lane.

Rockland Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, County Commissioner for Health, answered some questions about measles and this outbreak.

Why are measles so worrying?

"It is a serious disease that is preventable by a vaccine," she said on measles is symptomatic and there are no antivirals or antibiotics that can fight measles. "But we can prevent further infections."

Ruppert said that measles are highly contagious, and if an unvaccinated person goes into a room for up to two hours after an infected person finds himself in the room, they are very likely to be infected.

"There are a number of other complications, including other infections," she said. "Ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis and some of them have permanent complications."

How does it compare to chickenpox?

"Even with chickenpox there are complications, including, for example, pneumonia, but measles are, in my opinion, an overall more serious disease," she said. She noted that someone who had chickenpox as a child could be susceptible to shingles, but if a person is diagnosed with measles, they are protected from catching again.

When would you consider this outbreak as containing?

"We are right at the end of the first incubation period, and we are on the secondary side," said Ruppert. The outbreak will be contained "if we have seen more cases as we continue to see … hopefully go back to zero. It depends on how quickly the church reacts and tries to contain it. "

Most of the original exposure occurred in Monsey and New Square, according to the State Department of Health, but there were other locations in Nanuet, New City and Montvale. New Jersey.

So Ruppert Afflicted were a combination of children and adults, and some were infected directly from the primary cases of the disease in Israel, and the remainder from secondary exposure.

She said it was not unexpected to see such secondary cases. [19659008"Ireallywantthepeopletotakethefibersandgivethemtheirvaccinations"saying"Youreallywillnotseeusanywhereelse"

What can we do here in Rockland?

"We are a small county, and it is important for everyone to check their status." "As much as we scrutinize, it's hard to pinpoint where every single person has been every day, and we all need to make sure we're immune or being vaccinated. "

Health officials are spreading the notice of vaccine clinics and the outbreak through social media, local news media and signs throughout the community.

Non-immunized children who are present Schools with students who have tested positive for measles must stay at home 21 days after the last known exposure. For some students, this is November 3rd, but there are others who need to stay home longer if they are not immunized. Data changes as more cases are discovered, Ruppert said.

Inhabitants should receive two vaccinations, and children under 4 need only one, but can safely receive the second dose in the event of an outbreak.

They are considered immune:

  • If you were born before 1957.
  • If you have received two doses of MMR vaccine.
  • If a doctor has confirmed that you are immune.
  • When a doctor can confirm measles.

Everyone should check their immunization records or con If you are unsure, contact their health care providers. Anyone who has the suspicion that they have measles should call to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

About measles

The measles symptoms include fever, cough , Runny nose, watery eyes and a rash. People are contagious four days before and after the rash, and symptoms usually appear about 12 days after exposure.

For further questions on measles, contact the New York State Department of Health toll-free at 888-364-4837.

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