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Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion, USA Today

Number Of Measles Cases In Rockland County Rises To 25

October 26, 2018 - 7:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Health officials have confirmed 25 cases of measles in Rockland County and they fear that number will rise.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert says the outbreak started with five people who were infected while traveling to and from Israel.

There are also eight suspected cases.

"The message really for now is that the exposures have occurred here in Rockland County where it could affect all of us who live here at this point," she said. "So the most important thing to do would be to obtain your own immunization status. You don't know, you don't have it call your health care provider."

Ruppert is asking parents who never had their kids vaccinated to keep them out of school for at least three more weeks.

Hundreds of people have taken advantage of free vaccine clinics in Rockland.

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.