Rockland County has decided to declare a countywide State of Emergency due to the Measles outbreak on Tuesday afternoon.
Any person under eighteen years who hasn’t got a vaccination against Measles will be banned from all public places. This is applicable till the expiration of the declaration in thirty days or till they get the MMR vaccination.
According to Rockland County, there are 151 confirmed measles cases reported in the county as of Thursday. Ed Day, the executive of Rockland County, will discuss the issue of the State of Emergency declaration in a press conference. It was also reported that the outbreak of measles is not restricted to only one community. It is also affecting people in New Square, Spring Valley and Monsey.
The county has been struggling to control the situation since the past few months now. The students who were not vaccinated were even asked to miss school until the time they get vaccinated. Measles is highly contagious and it is imminent to take all the measures to control it from spreading.
Who are at the highest risk of Measles infection?
The ones who are at high risk include young children, non-immune pregnant women and the immune-compromised. These people are at the highest risk and may suffer from severe complications.
How is Measles transmitted?
Measles can spread easily through droplets, airborne particles and directly getting in contact with the respiratory secretions of anyone who is infected.
Adults and children suffering from this disease may have symptoms like fever and generalized rash. The rash first appear on the face and then spreads down to the body including palms and soles as well. The affected people are contagious for four days before rash begins to appear through the fourth day of rash appearance.