Two more Lakewood measles cases confirmed

Henrietta Strickland
November 3, 2018

That brings the total number of patients in Williamsburg to 17. "Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease, and they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions", said Dr. Ruppert.

All three cases are children who are unvaccinated, not of school age and do not attend daycare.

The individuals were seen at two urgent care facilities.

Questions about if this order affects your child's school can be directed to the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.

In addition to the 40 confirmed cases, almost a dozen more are suspected.

DHEC says that measles are a serious disease than can lead to hospitalization and even death. The initial symptoms of measles include fever, cough, and runny nose. These symptoms are followed by a rash. The rash lasts for five to six days, and then fades.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. "The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated".

To counter this, the city Health Department enlisted community figures to encourage vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), including Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and Rabbi Avi Greenstein, executive director of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.

It's recommended that residents in Rockland County check their immunization records. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days). For all ages, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are going to be traveling to another country.

The Health Department is working with local health care providers, religious schools and Orthodox newspapers to spread the word about vaccines.

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