Rockland County issuing state of emergency over measles outbreak

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FILE – This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the […]

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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