Ulster County Issues Precautionary Measles Health AlertJun 10th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Due to recent outbreaks of measles, among children and infants in the New York City metropolitan area, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health, Dr. Carol Smith has issued a Public Health Alert. The Alert calls for healthcare providers and the owners and operators of children’s camps to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles in children under their care and to report suspected cases immediately to the Ulster County Department of Health at 845-340-3090.
“This Public Health Alert on Measles is a proactive and precautionary measure designed to notify healthcare providers and others who care for children to help us to be on the lookout for symptoms of Measles, which is a highly contagious disease. We are concerned about everyone’s health and safety, so it makes sense to remain vigilant,” said Dr. Smith. “Measles is preventable with the proper vaccinations and we strongly encourage all parents to make sure their children are protected.”
Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus and can be serious and sometimes fatal to young children. Measles is preventable and has been on the decline worldwide, due to widespread distribution and use of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Unfortunately, outbreaks of epidemic proportions have recently occurred in areas of the world where refusal to receive vaccinations has resulted in too few children being protected. To date, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has confirmed more than 45 cases of measles, primarily among young children, with a median age of 2.
Signs and symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. Childcare providers who notice these symptoms should send, children home and call the Ulster County Department of Health. Parents should contact their health provider right away.