Measles Outbreak Spreads To New Jersey, 4 Confirmed Cases

Two more Lakewood measles cases confirmed

Two more Lakewood measles cases confirmed

The MMR vaccine clinics are in response to the measles outbreak in Rockland County, now with 43 confirmed cases to date.

"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.

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

Officials say the people infected in the two new cases may have exposed others to the disease while they were at sites in Lakewood between October 25-30. The first case of measles was reported October 24, but that man had exposed others before the case was confirmed.

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Anyone who may have traveled to these locations and suspects they may be sick, should contact their health care provider immediately, urge officials. "Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease, and they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions", said Dr. Ruppert. Measles can spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also acquire the measles if they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as November 20.

If even a single student who tests positive for measles has been in the school, any unimmunized child must stay out of school for 21 days according to Department of Health regulations, the November 1 letter said. The state Health Department urges residents to remain vigilant for any symptoms of measles, including rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Measles can be risky, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death. What to do if you think you may have been exposed: DO NOT go to the emergency room or your health provider - CALL FIRST. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection. Routinely, everyone four years and older needs two doses of MMR vaccine unless there are contraindications (medical reasons not to get the vaccine). If you are 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.

Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine.

In August, WSPA reported that Doctors told the station that nearly every child got the measles before age 5 before the 1960s when the vaccine was developed.

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