In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the New York City area, NYC health officials along with Rockland County officials have reported an additional 20 cases since our last report on Feb. 14.
17 additional confirmed cases were reported in Brooklyn since October, bringing the total to 90. Most of these cases have involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community.
The neighborhood of Williamsburg reported 15 cases in the past week, while Borough Park saw two more.
In Rockland County, three additional cases were reported, bringing that outbreak total to 138 since Sept. 2018.
Officials say the cases are presently clustered in eastern Ramapo (New Square, Spring Valley, Monsey), however due to Rockland County’s small geographic size, exposure to the measles may occur anywhere in the county.
Both the Brooklyn and Rockland County measles outbreaks were linked to international travel with the initial case.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles.
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