More Measles Confirmed In Upstate

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 3, 2018

Healthcare professionals should immediately report clinically suspected measles cases to their regional public health office. Most are among school children.

If you visited AFC Urgent Care at 1667 E. Main St. Duncan, SC on Sunday, Oct. 14 between 9 a.m. and noon or MEDcare Urgent Care at 301 E. Wood St. Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, Oct. 27 between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., please contact the Spartanburg County Health Department at 864-596-3337.

The department said Friday that there are 11 new cases of measles in the Orthodox enclave, bringing to 17 the number of children who have been recently diagnosed with measles in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said Wednesday that all schools in the area will be required to keep unvaccinated students home until 21 days have passed since the last confirmed case.

Tuesday, November 6, from 1 p.m.to 6 p.m.at the Darden Center in Spring Valley.

The infected individuals were exposed to the highly contagious viral disease while traveling overseas.

Officials in Rockland County confirmed on Wednesday a measles outbreak has gotten worse. Others who are at high risk for complications if they get the measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can't fight disease). Measles can be risky, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death.

On Thursday an 18-month-old toddler died of measles in Jerusalem, the first recorded death from measles in Israel in the past 15 years. Symptoms like a runny nose and dry cough are usually common usually about 2 weeks after exposure.

"Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection" the DOH said.

The Health Department is working with local health care providers, religious schools and Orthodox newspapers to spread the word about vaccines.

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