40 confirmed measles cases in Rockland County

Alicia Farmer
November 3, 2018

The Measles patient in Lakewood tells TLS he found out from the media that his Measles case was confirmed.

While the New Jersey Department of Health and the Ocean County Health Department work together to notify those who may have been exposed to the disease, officials remind everyone to stay alert and aware of the symptoms.

"We continue to encourage everyone to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine to help protect them in case of any future exposure to measles in Rockland".

"All three cases are children who are unvaccinated, not of school age and do not attend daycare", DHEC said in a statement. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons. "Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.

But as for the additional 15 schools, the students will be allowed to return if they get their MMR shot.

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The children with measles were seen at two urgent care facilities, DHEC said. This second MMR vaccine will count for school entry. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

Measles is a highly contagious virus in the nose and throat. Measles can be risky, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

DHEC says that measles are a serious disease than can lead to hospitalization and even death. The rash lasts for five to six days, and then fades. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

Anyone who suspects they were exposed to the disease should call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department so special arrangements can be made for an evaluation.

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