Potential measles exposure in Town of Monroe

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Department of Health is advising residents of a potential measles exposure in a taxi service vehicle in the Town of Monroe.
Residents who may have used Motty’s Taxi service from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14th may have been exposed to measles.
If a person is immune to measles, it is unlikely that he or she would become ill if exposed. A person is considered immune if he or she was born before January 1, 1957, has received two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine or has a lab test confirming immunity. Those individuals who are not immune or not sure if they have been vaccinated are at risk of developing measles. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (reddened eyes) and/or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure but may begin as early as seven days or take as long as 21 days.
The Orange County Health Department recommends:

All taxi riders should monitor for signs and symptoms of measles through 12/05/2018.
If you do become ill, you should seek appropriate medical care immediately:
Contact your health care provider or emergency department before seeking care to avoid exposing others to illness;
Do not go to work, school or other public places;  
Notify the local health department where you live about your possible exposure to measles.

Individuals who are not certain if they are immune to measles, or unsure of their MMR vaccination status, should receive an MMR vaccine as soon as possible. You should contact your health care provider or the Orange County Health Department for further guidance.    
For more information about measles, please visit www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170/ and www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the local health department in the county where you live.