Rockland County Issues State of Emergency as Measles Outbreak Grows to 157


Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County, New York Health Commissioner has stated that since Oct. 2018, the number of measles has risen to 157. Ruppert said that number could be higher due to lack of reporting.

A state of emergency was declared on March 26, 2019.

As measles continues to spread across Rockland County, people 18 years old and under who are unvaccinated are banned from public places for 30 days. This action is unprecedented, and the first time this has happened in the nation. The areas include businesses, shopping centers, schools, restaurants, and places of worship.

Since the state of emergency, over 17,400 MMR vaccines were administered, officials reported at a press conference on March 29, 2019. The number of vaccines has increased in the last few days by 500.

The outbreak started in the fall when seven travelers from Israel, visited during the Jewish holidays, and they were infected with measles.

On March 20 health officials verified a possible exposure of measles at Rockland Kosher Supermarket. They also said possibly a cab that traveled to the supermarket may have been exposed. On March 24, two taxis may have been exposed as they drove to and from Monsey Hub Shopping Plaza.

The Measles virus lives on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours.

One injection of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective. Two doses are 97 percent effective The injection protect the individual against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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