Measles outbreak confirmed in New York

The New York State Health Department is cautioning inhabitants of a measles outbreak.

Most cases are in the New York City zone and lower Hudson valley, and some have additionally been affirmed in the Rochester region.

While there are no cases in our region now, parents are cautioned to look for symptoms.

CBS 6 talked with Pamela Altman, a pediatric nurse practitioner with Troy Pediatrics. She says she worked here when we had various cases in the region in the 80’s.She says that’s before kids started getting two shots, which has helped boost immunity.

She says there is a lot of influenza going around the region right now, and she says the best approach to differentiate between the flu and measles is that with measles you get a rash. She says the rash starts on the face.

“Kids can get a really severe conjunctivitis. It’s not your normal little pink eye you see at school. I mean their eyes are totally red, and oozing mucus. their noses are very runny,” said Altman.

She says at the first signs of a rash to call your nurse or doctor.

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