Confirmed new case of measles in Rockland County

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NEW CITY – Days after Rockland County officials declare the year-old measles outbreak was over, they announced on Wednesday that an international traveler has been confirmed with measles.

That individual visited Congregation Khal Torath Viznitz in Monsey, potentially exposing others to measles from September 20-21.

Anyone who visited the congregation at 25 Phyllis Terrace in Monsey during specific time periods may have been exposed to measles: Friday, September 20 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., with risk of exposure until 12 a.m.; and Saturday, September 21 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., with a risk of exposure until 3 p.m.

“We continue to urge residents to check their immunization status and get vaccinated if they are unimmunized,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. “By avoiding having pockets of susceptible individuals, we can prevent the measles from spreading within our county. The MMR vaccination remains the only safe and effective way to prevent the measles.”

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses on earth; 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus become infected. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to two hours after that person is gone. You can catch measles from an infected person even before they have a measles rash.