County in New York issuing state of emergency over measles outbreak

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File – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, a sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday, March 1, 2019, as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease […]

NEW CITY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A county in New York is declaring a state of emergency after more than 100 people have been diagnosed with measles.

According to ABC News, starting at 12 a.m., anyone under 18 in Rockland County who has not been vaccinated will be barred from public places until they receive the MMR vaccine or until the emergency declaration expires in 30 days.

Rockland County officials say so far there have 151 confirmed cases of measles.

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, 349 individual cases of the measles were confirmed in 26 states. So far in 2019, 314 cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states.

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