Free Vaccine Clinic Announced As Number Of Rockland Measles Rises Again

Rockland County is holding another free vaccine clinic on Wednesday in response to a rise of the number of total confirmed cases of measles in the county.

The number of cases of measles has risen again.
The number of cases of measles has risen again. Photo Credit: CDC

To date, there have been 135 cases of measles in the county since the outbreak began in October 2018, with another three suspected cases, according to the Rockland County Health Department.

The outbreak began with visitors to and from Israel in September where more than 2,600 people have reportedly been affected.

Since then the number had continued to grow weekly as unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children and adults were exposed, the department said.

The majority of the cases has mainly affected the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

The vaccine clinic will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, located at 110 Bethune Blvd., Spring Valley.

For questions regarding measles, call the New York State Department of Health toll-free at 888-364-4837.

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