A Jewish mother who brought in her child to a doctor in Rockland County this week made a quick escape from the office when it was discovered her unvaccinated child had the measles.
The mother had brought in her child for a check up for a sore throat when the examining doctor found Koplik spots in the child’s mouth. Koplik spots are small white lesions that appear in a measles patient’s mouth two to three days before the measles rash itself and are considered pathognomonic (a tell-tale symptom) for the measles.
When told that her child had the measles the mother immediately ran from the clinic to avoid a fine under the Department of Health backed State for Emergency in Rockland County.
Starting on March 27, anyone under 18 years of age and is not vaccinated against the measles was barred from public places. Anyone unvaccinated with the measles who was caught in public could face fines or even a jail term up to six months. Parents of unvaccinated children with the measles face similar penalties.