Rockland County in New York will declare a countywide State of Emergency relating to the continued measles outbreak Tuesday afternoon.
Effective on the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, anybody who’s below 18 years of age and unvaccinated towards the measles can be barred from public locations till this declaration expires in 30 days or till they obtain the MMR vaccination.
As of final Thursday, there are 151 confirmed reported instances of measles within the county, in accordance to Rockland County.
The measles outbreak in Rockland is just not restricted to one neighborhood, nonetheless it’s affecting residents of Spring Valley, New Square, and Monsey.
Rockland County has been grappling with a measles outbreak in latest months — beforehand asking college students who’re unvaccinated to not attend faculty.
Measles is a extremely contagious illness. Young youngsters, the immunocompromised, and non-immune pregnant girls are at highest threat for extreme problems. Measles is transmitted by airborne particles, droplets, and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an contaminated particular person.
Measles sometimes presents in adults and youngsters as an acute viral sickness characterised by fever and generalized rash. The rash often begins on the face, proceeds down the physique, and should embody the palms and soles. The rash lasts a number of days. Infected people are contagious from 4 days earlier than rash onset via the fourth day after rash look.