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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Five cases of measles have been confirmed within a Mennonite community in Wyoming County.

The New York and Wyoming County health departments said in a statement that they are trying to determine whether more people were exposed.

The departments are advising residents with symptoms consistent with measles to contact the county health department or their health care provider.  

According to the statement, Wyoming County health officials are "actively engaging the Mennonite community to discuss the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of measles."

New York State is joining a growing list of states that have banned religious exemptions for vaccines. And while the state passed the ban this year, most of the delegation representing the Rochester and Finger Lakes area voted to save religious exemptions.

Many local doctors have expressed their frustration about that. They join us to discuss the state of vaccines. Our guests:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Steve Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Michael Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

A patient whose symptoms shut down an Irondequoit health clinic over measles fears earlier this week has tested negative for that disease.

Rochester Regional Health staff shut down the system’s Riedman campus in Irondequoit on Wednesday after an adult patient showed up with symptoms that could have been caused by measles.

The Monroe County public health department confirmed Friday that the patient did not have the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

A patient is being treated for a suspected measles case at Rochester Regional Health’s Riedman campus in Irondequoit, company officials said.

An adult arrived at the health clinic around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with “symptoms consistent with measles,” said Rochester Regional public information officer Veronica Chiesi-Brown.

“Right now, measles is not confirmed,” Chiesi-Brown said. “But initially they had everyone evacuated, everyone with masks on, just as a precaution.”

Chiesi-Brown said clinic staff members followed protocol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of measles cases has grown to over 700 and is the worst outbreak in decades.

New York’s Rockland County has more than 200 of those cases, and state legislators are calling for the immediate passage of a bill to mandate vaccinations unless a person has a medical exemption.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

As a measles outbreak downstate has continued to grow, health care workers in Monroe County said they are monitoring the situation, but they do not see an immediate threat to the Rochester area.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

With more measles cases in the last month than in the entire previous decade, Monroe County health officials urged parents to take action.

A growing number of parents in the Rochester area – and across the state and country – are choosing not to vaccinate their children, said county public health commissioner Michael Mendoza.

Juan Vazquez and Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News


An outbreak of measles in Monroe County – the worst since the state health department began tracking yearly data – has now sickened seven children.

There is one clear commonality: “The important through-line that connects all of these – all seven measles cases in Monroe County – is that all seven of them are unvaccinated,” said Ryan Horey, the county health department’s public information officer.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health says that two Canal View Elementary School students in the Spencerport School District have confirmed cases of measles.

The health department is working to determine whether these individuals may have exposed other Monroe County residents.

Health officials tell WXXI News that the two students had not been vaccinated against measles.

National Institutes of Health

Monroe County has confirmed its first case of measles since 2014, and only its second in the last decade.

County health department spokesperson Ryan Horey said an unvaccinated female toddler is infected with the virus, which she likely contracted on an international trip to an area that was in the midst of a measles outbreak. He said he could not be any more specific about the trip location or the toddler's identity in an effort to protect the family’s privacy.