The New York City Department of Health has confirmed three more cases of measles, bringing the total up to 25 since February. While the earlier cases were reported in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan, involving both adults and children, the new ones are all located in the Lower East Side of the island.
As a result, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett is urging all New Yorkers to ensure that all household members from the age of 1-year and up are vaccinated.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection spread easily through the air by sneezing and coughing. Recognized by an ugly red rash that can spread all over the body that can last 7-10 days, the disease affects the respiratory system and eyes making them light sensitive, as well middle ear infections. It can also lead to croup, bronchitis or pneumonia if left untreated.
Note: Koplik's spots (whitish spots in the mouth) usually appear 1-2 days prior to the rash and last 3-5 days. Other symptoms may include malaise, loss of appetite, hacking cough runny nose and red eyes.