Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The Monroe County Department of Health says there has been one lab-confirmed case of measles reported in Monroe County.
The Health Department said the case was confined to a toddler who had not been vaccinated.
“We believe, right now, this is an isolated case,” said Monroe County Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza.
The discovery was made at an urgent care facility and later confirmed through lab tests. Dr. Mendoza said people who work at urgent cares are required to be immunized. Others who were visiting the health facility have been contacted by the health department.
Mendoza added that exposed family members have been vaccinated, and that risk to the general public is expected to be very low.
“We were able to contact all the people we think are at the greatest risk from exposure to this individual, so we feel we’ve got this pretty well contained. If you’ve been vaccinated or are immune, the risk to the general public is very, very low,” he said.
The State Department of Health classifies measles as a serious respiratory disease. Symptoms include rash, fever and runny nose. It is contagious and can be easily contracted by those who have not been vaccinated for the illness.
For more information on measles, click here. You can also call the New York State Measles Hotline at (888) 364-4837.