Health officials confirm two measles cases in Sullivan
LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Public Health Department put out an alert March 14 that two positive cases of measles have been identified in the county.
According to the release, two people, who live primarily in Sullivan County, were contagious from March 4 to March 12. The pair also traveled and spent time in Brooklyn, where there is a measles outbreak. The county and the New York City Health Department, in conjunction with the state health department, are contacting anyone who may have interacted with the patients during the contagious period.
The department said there are no known exposures to other county residents as of yet.
This information comes in the midst if an outbreak in Brooklyn and Rockland County, presumably from people deciding not to vaccinate their children for the virus. As a result, two state legislators have brought up a bill that would allow minors to receive the vaccination without their parents permission.
Measles immunization is already required in New York State for children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-Kindergarten. College students are also required to demonstrate immunity against the virus.
If you’re not sure if you have been vaccinated, you should contact your healthcare provider if you’re noticing measles symptoms: a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure. Sullivan County Public Health Services has sent an advisory to area health care providers about the measles exposure. Providers should report all suspected cases of measles to public health at 845/292-5910.