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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERTS RESIDENTS OF POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURE IN ROCKLAND, WESTCHESTER, AND BERGEN COUNTIES

International Traveler with a Confirmed Case of Measles Visited Multiple Locations in Rockland

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert advise residents that an international traveler who has been confirmed to have measles visited multiple locations in Rockland, potentially exposing others to measles from October 4 to October 11.

Anyone who visited the following locations in Rockland, Westchester Counties in New York or Bergen County in New Jersey may have been exposed to measles:

Congregation Bais Elazer, 26 Voyager Court, Monsey, NY

  • 10/4/2018 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am

Mia's Reflexology, 191 South Main Street, New City, NY

  • 10/4/2018 between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Lifetime Gym, 10 Van Riper Road, Montvale, New Jersey

  • 10/5/2018 between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm

Wesley Kosher, 455 Route 306, Monsey, NY

  • 10/5/2018 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Congregation Borov, 2 Parker Road, Monsey, NY

  • 10/5/2018 between 6:45 pm and 9:45 pm
  • 10/6/2018 between 9:00 am and 1:45 pm

Costco, 50 Overlook Blvd., Nanuet, NY

  • 10/7/2018 between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm

Care 365, 1 Main Street, Monsey, NY

  • 10/8/2018 between 10:00 pm and 12:00 am

Westchester Medical Center Emergency Room, 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY

  • 10/11/2018 between 3:45 am and 4:15 pm

These times reflect the period that the infected individual was in these areas and a two-hour period after the individual left the area, as the virus remains alive in air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had physician or provider-confirmed measles, or have a lab test confirming immunity. Individuals who are not immune to measles and were exposed are at risk for developing measles. Preventive treatment for measles is recommended for those without evidence of immunity as follows: MMR vaccine can be given to eligible exposed individuals within 72 hours of exposure OR immune globulin can be administered within 6 days of exposure.

If you were present at these locations during these times, and are in any of the following high-risk groups, contact your health care provider by phone right away:

  • Pregnant
  • A child under 6 months of age
  • Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can't fight disease)
  • Have not been vaccinated against the measles
  • Were born before 1957 and are immunosuppressed

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. If you are unsure if you are immune, contact your healthcare provider. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. 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. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

"We are working diligently to monitor the situation and protect the community from measles. We will keep residents informed of any updates," said Dr. Ruppert.

The Health Department is asking all health care providers to immediately report all cases of suspect measles to the Rockland County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff by calling 845-364-2997 during normal business hours, or 845-364-8600 after hours/weekends. Health Care Providers can call this number for additional information.

More information about measles can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf.