Health officials in Rockland County, New York have declared a state of emergency amid an ongoing measles outbreak. The county is prohibiting unvaccinated children from going out in public spaces for 30 days, CBS New York reports. There have been 153 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County, which sits about 40 miles north of New York City. The majority of cases have been in children, most of whom have not been vaccinated.Measles outbreak in Rockland CountyIn September of last year, an international traveler arrived in Rockland County with a suspected case of the measles. Additional cases of measles from international travelers to the area followed, exposing more people to the virus. The outbreak was centered in an Orthodox Jewish community where many residents had not been vaccinated.The cases are currently clustered in eastern Ramapo, though officials warn exposure may occur anywhere in the county. The Health Department is working to limit exposures and offering free vaccine to boost the county’s immunization rate.Earlier this month, a federal judge barred 50 unvaccinated students from attending Rockland’s Green Meadow Waldorf School for at least three weeks.To prevent the spread of illness, officials are advising people who may have been exposed and have… Read full this story
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