MEASLES IN ROCKLAND

The Rockland County Health Department held a media session at the Yeager Health Center, Building ‘A’ lobby 6:30 p.m. Friday and warned Rocklanders of an exposure of measles at the Palisades Center Mall between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 2.

Officials said that any person who had been in the vicinity of BestBuy and AT&T on the floor should be watching out for measles symptoms, particularly those who have not have been immunized for the disease, those six months of age or less, persons with immunodeficiencies and pregnant women. Persons who were in the area and who are in one of these high risk groups should contact their doctor.

Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, watery eyes, bluish/white spots on gums and inside of cheeks and cough. The symptoms generally develop 10-12 days after exposure, but can emerge as long as 18 days after. The first signs of a measles infection are a runny nose, cough and slight fever.

The measles patient in question is a child who caught measles when he or she traveled abroad. The child’s condition has improved and fever has receded.