Health Alert: 40 cases of measles now confirmed in Rockland County

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Marcus Solis reports on the measles outbreak in Rockland County. (Shutterstock)

Health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County, with 11 suspected cases being investigated.

The county is stepping up efforts to protect school children who may be at risk.

Rockland County's Commissioner of Health, Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, announced Wednesday that all schools in the Village of New Square are now required to keep students who are un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated against the disease home until 21 days have passed since the last case of measles is confirmed in the county.
The same restriction applies to schools in Spring Valley and Monsey with a measles vaccination rate of less than 70 percent.

A total of 15 schools in the county are now impacted by the new requirement, Ruppert said. That is up from 10 schools affected earlier.

The announcement comes about two weeks after the first cases in the county were confirmed.

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Symptoms of measles include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose, and they could appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

The virus can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to two hours.

To prevent the spread of illness, health officials are advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care.

WATCH Wednesday's update from the Rockland County Health Commissioner.

Officials also announced that the health department will be holding additional MMR vaccine clinics on:
--Thursday, November 1, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Community Outreach Center, located at 21 Remsen Avenue, Suite 201, Monsey, NY 10952

--Friday, November 2, from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the Community Outreach Center, located at 21 Remsen Avenue, Suite 201, Monsey, NY 10952
--Sunday, November 4, from 1 pm to 3 pm, Mobile Van- Upper Parking Lot, located at 728 North Main Street, Spring Valley NY 10977 hosted by Refuah Health Center
--Tuesday, November 6, from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Darden Center, located at Dr. Berg Lane, Spring Valley, NY 10977

During these clinics, the health department and Refuah Health Center will be offering non-immune residents who are 6 months of age and older one dose of MMR vaccine at no cost. People will be triaged before entering to make sure they are not sick.

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