Rockland County officials fear residents in New York and New Jersey may have been exposed to the measles this month.

According to a release from County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, a traveler from Israel was found to be carrying the disease and visited several locations in Rockland, Westchester, and Bergen counties.

Residents are being warning they may have been infected by the unidentified traveler at some point between Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.

Health officials say anyone at these locations may have been exposed to the measles:

    • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
    • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
    • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
    • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
    • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
    • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
    • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
    • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

Rockland County health officials say the infected person is now being treated and is isolated.

Symptoms of the measles include fever, runny nose, red eyes that are sensitive to light, coughing and a red rash. The illness usually appears 10-12 days after exposure, but can sometimes take up to three weeks to develop.

It is the second time in a month that a visitor to Rockland has exposed others to the measles. An international traveler went to New Square from Newark International Airport and spent several days before symptoms appeared; local people were exposed to the measles from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

Last week, YWN reported about the Menahel of Breslov Mosdos in Tzefas having been infected with the measles. He was listed in critical condition at the time of the news story.

There have been dozens of stories published by YWN in the past few months of measles alerts issued by authorities involving Frum people who have not been vaccinated.

(Yossi Taub – YWN)

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