PUTNAM COUNTY, NY – Three more measles cases were reported as part of the outbreak in Putnam County. Nearby, the Orange County Health Department issued a warning on Friday about possible measles exposure at a medical facility in Monroe.
In addition, the New Jersey Health Department issued a warning to people who had traveled through Newark Airport.
Measles are a serious matter of highly contagious disease that can spread through the air due to coughing or sneezing. In rare cases, it can be deadly.
The Putnam outbreak now affects six people from three states and overseas. It was not opened until 4 May by an international traveler in the county.
Putnam health officials said two of the new cases are residents of California and one Putnam resident. The first victims were two residents and a resident of Connecticut.
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The outbreak of Putnam began with an international family from France working in the Watchtower Headquarters in Patterson was. So far, 90 people have been interviewed because they may have been exposed.
Other tourists in the Watchtower had already triggered a maseral alarm in April.
Anyone who may have been exposed to the restaurant or supermarket should call the Putnam County Department of Health as soon as possible to understand their potential risks and what action to take. Nurses in public health can be reached at 845-808-1390.
"Measles symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat," said Putnam Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. "This is followed by a rash that spreads over the body, and if anyone has these symptoms, call the doctor or the emergency room first."
"Do not go directly to a medical facility," he warned potential victims. "The isolation procedure must begin immediately after arrival."
Orange County's Health Department is advising residents of a potential exposure to a masseuse on April 29 at a medical facility in Monroe due to an infected traveler.
Residents living at Dr. med. Vladimir Zelenko may be suspended on the 745 Route 17M, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, or in the lobby or public areas on the first and second floors, or in the BioReference laboratory in the building, between the hours of 1:00 and 17:00 Service.
Measles and exposure issues may be directed to the Orange County Department of Health Nursing Department at (845) 291-2330.
There is also a new warning for anyone who passed Terminal 2 at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 2.
The New Jersey Department of Health released a report Friday warning residents that two measles workers had recently exposed others in the state. According to state health officials:
"In two independent cases, a person with measles stopped briefly in the state on April 30, while in a coach from Niagara Falls, New York to Washington DC, and a Bergen County resident developed measles after contact with an international traveler suffering from measles. "
Exposed persons could not develop symptoms until May 23. Those who visited certain places at specific times should contact a healthcare provider immediately to discuss the potential exposure and risk of developing the disease, said the NJDOH
"Two doses of measles vaccine are approximately 97 percent effective at Prevention of measles, "said Christina Tan, New Jersey state epidemiologist. "We urge everyone to make sure they and their family members are up to date on measles / mumps / rubella (MMR) vaccinations and any other age-appropriate vaccines that will not only protect you but also protect your fellow human beings are young to get the vaccine, or can not get it for medical reasons. "
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