The Orange County Department of Health is warning of a potential measles exposure at a Monroe medical facility as a result of an infected traveler visiting Orange County on April 29th, 2018.

Residents who were at the medical office of Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, located at 745 Route 17M, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 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 nasal of throat secretions of the infected person. The illness starts with symptoms such as: cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes), then fever and skin rash.

The rash spreads from the head to the lower extremities. Measles is dangerous for young children, especially those who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects 97 percent vaccinated individuals. There is no specific treatment against measles.

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 regarding measles, vist the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's webiste.