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Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion, USA Today

Measles Cases Climbs To 33 In Rockland County

October 29, 2018 - 4:07 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The measles count in Rockland County continues to grow with health officials confirming 33 cases.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said the outbreak began with five people who were infected during a trip to Israel.

Most of the original exposure happened in Monsey and New Square but there were additional locations in Nanuet, New City and Montvale, New Jersey.

Health officials are asking parents who never had their children vaccinated to keep them out of school for another three weeks.

Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of free vaccine clinics set up to combat the outbreak.

People are considered immune to the measles virus if they were born before 1957, received two doses of the MMR vaccine or if a physician confirmed that you are immune.

It’s recommended that residents in Rockland County check their immunization records.

Measles is a highly contagious virus in the nose and throat. Symptoms like a runny nose and dry cough are usually common usually about 2 weeks after exposure.

Ruppert said the virus has been more common in children than adults.