(New Square, NY)

Officials in Rockland County have released new information that the measles outbreak has reached 68 cases with another 11 cases under investigation, making this outbreak the largest in New York state in decades.

The outbreak has mainly affected the Orthodox Jewish community, primarily in New Square, Spring Valley and Monsey.  The outbreak originated in Israel, where there are about 1,500 confirmed cases.

Our area has also seen six confirmed measles cases in Lakewood, New Jersey, and 17 confirmed cases in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Measles Outbreak 2018

Rockland County, NY: 68 Confirmed 11 Unconfirmed

Ocean County, NJ: 6 Confirmed

Brooklyn, NY: 17 Confirmed

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Unvaccinated students in New Square (Rockland) at schools with less than an 80 percent vaccination rates are ordered by the county Department of Health to remain home until 21 days after the last case of measles is confirmed. This order affects 34 schools in Rockland County.  The county, Refuah Health Center in New Square and physicians have administered over 6,000 doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccines since this outbreak began in September.

Residents can get more information about measles by visiting:

www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf

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