Measles in Brooklyn

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measlesThe New York City Health Department has identified 11 cases of measles in Brooklyn over the last two months, leading to an alert yesterday urging doctors to report all suspected cases of the disease. Officials said measles is not common in the Big Apple, but is highly contagious. Nearly all the known cases were in children who were not vaccinated.

Measles is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. There is no cure, but most patients recover with rest.

Nearly all of the 11 cases of measles in Brooklyn occurred in children who were not vaccinated.

Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, runny nose and red eyes, with more serious cases potentially leading to diarrhea, ear infection or pneumonia.

The DOH says children should be vaccinated against the virus when they turn one year old, and again between the ages of four and six.

{NY Post/NY1/Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}

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