Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Measles outbreak continues in Rockland

NEW CITY – The measles outbreak in Rockland County continues with 83 confirmed cases as of November 28.

The outbreak is not limited to one community, but it is affecting residents of Spring Valley, New Square and Monsey.

Due to the small geographic size of the county, exposure to the measles may occur anywhere in Rockland, county officials said. They said people may shop, dine and run errands around the county before they realize they are ill, but are contagious.

Anyone who visited the following locations in Spring Valley and West Nyack may have been exposed to measles:

  • Compare Supermarket on Main Street in Spring Valley between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on November 22;
  • Jalapa Express on South Main Street between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on November 24;
  • Best Buy in Palisades Mall, those who entered and existed through the outside entrance and did not enter the mall itself in West Nyack, between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on November 24.

Those times reflect the period that the infected individual was in those areas and a two-hour period after the person left, as the virus remains alive in air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

The health department is working to contain the further spread of measles and officials said if you are ill with a fever, rash, or conjunctivitis – red watery eyes – help protect the community by staying home, not having visitors, and not going out in public.

 


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