HEALTH ADVISORY: Measles Exposures in New York State

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

We have received the attached notice of measles exposures in Wyoming County, who has reported 5 cases of measles in members of the Mennonite community. The index case has not travelled outside of Wyoming County and the source of measles for the index case is unknown. This means that measles may be circulating in Wyoming County. Health care providers need to maintain a high index of suspicion for measles in anyone who presents with fever and rash. In addition, please be certain to ask about possible measles exposures for those who present with fever, cough, conjunctivitis and coryza. Health care providers should increase their index of suspicion for measles in clinically compatible cases. In NYS, confirmed or suspected cases of communicable diseases are required to be reported no later than 24 hours from the time the case is first seen by the physician, however, the LHD should be notified of any suspect case immediately. Reports should be made at the time of initial clinical suspicion.

Please see attached for the full Health Advisory. 

Contact Information:

  • County Health Department contact information:

http://www.nysacho.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=37

  • New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization: 518-473-4437 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Management
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15