The Orange County Department of Health is advising residents of a potential measles exposure at a Monroe medical facility as a result of an infected traveler visiting Orange County on Sun., Apr. 29. Residents who were at the medical office of Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, located at 745 Route 17M, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or in the lobby or communal areas of the first and second floor or at BioReference Laboratory in the building, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., may have been exposed to measles.
Measles is a very contagious respiratory, viral illness, spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons. The illness starts with symptoms such as: cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes), then fever and skin rash. The rash can appear seven to 21 days after a person is exposed. A person can spread measles and be contagious from four days before rash onset through four days after the rash appears.
The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. Measles is dangerous for young children especially those who have not received two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine protects 97 percent of vaccinated individuals. There is no specific treatment against measles.
If you have received two doses of MMR or measles-containing vaccine, have had measles, or were born before 1957, you are considered immune against measles. An extra measure of precaution is to monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of measles for 21 days after the potential exposure. If you have not had two doses of MMR or measles-containing vaccine, please consult your healthcare provider to complete your MMR series. Individuals who feel that they may have had an exposure and are not immunized, should contact their primary care provider by phone for their recommendations on vaccination.
Please do not go to the Emergency Room, Urgent Care, or doctor’s office without first calling to avoid potentially exposing other people. Questions regarding measles and exposure can also be addressed by the Orange County Department of Health, Nursing Division at (845) 291-2330. For more information about measles, visit cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html