Child Diagnosed with Measles in Nassau County

A recent case of measles has emerged in Nassau County, drawing attention to the importance of vaccination and public health measures. According to officials from the Nassau County Department of Health, the affected individual is an unvaccinated child.

Dr. Irina Gelman, the Health Commissioner of Nassau County, emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “Nassau County Department of Health is closely investigating potential exposures and taking the necessary proactive steps to prevent the spread of measles.” She further urged residents to prioritize their health by ensuring they are up-to-date on crucial immunizations.

Measles, a highly contagious disease, has made its presence felt outside of New York City for the first time this year, as confirmed by the state’s Health Department. Across the United States, there have been a total of 64 reported cases, marking a significant increase compared to the previous year.

Symptoms of measles typically begin with a fever, followed by a cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Subsequently, a characteristic rash appears, making the infected individual contagious from four days before to four days after the rash emerges.

In light of these developments, health authorities stress the importance of vaccination as the most effective preventive measure against measles. The Nassau County Department of Health advises individuals to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine to ensure full protection against this potentially serious illness.\

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