4th case of the measles confirmed in New Jersey

Desiree Burns
November 5, 2018

Questions about if this order affects your child's school can be directed to the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.

"Effective Monday, November 5, all schools within the Village of New Square and any school with less than 70 percent vaccination rate to MMR - measles, mumps and rubella, within the geographical area that is effected by the measles outbreak, and that is Spring Valley and Monsey, they will be required to keep unvaccinated or under-vaccinated students home until 21 days have passed since the last confirmed case of measles in Rockland", she said.

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or runny nose. Those exposed can develop symptoms as late as November 21.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

Measles can cause serious illness such as pneumonia and encephalitis.

The DOH said that anyone potentially exposed could develop symptoms until November 20 and should contact a health provider immediately to arrange for an examination. As an airborne disease, measles spread through coughs or sneezes. Anyone exposed to any of the three new cases could develop symptoms as late as November 20, the health department said.

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"If there is even one case of measles in the school, any unimmunized student who was in the building must be excluded from school for 21 days".

"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". Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.Common complications are ear infections and diarrhea.

Medical experts recommend two doses of MMR vaccine routinely for children, starting with the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years before enrolling in school. Children can receive the second dose earlier, at least 28 days after the first dose.

According to officials, the new patients were exposed to a man who got the illness overseas.

"If you're planning an worldwide trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling", Dr. Before global travel: Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Typically, the first dose of MMR vaccine should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose should be given at four to six years of age (age of school entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life.

Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

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