Putnam Reports Case of Measles

County identifies possible exposure sites

The Putnam County Department of Health said on Oct. 1 that it had confirmed a case of measles in Carmel and that the patient had been isolated.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, the county health commissioner, said several possible exposure sites have been identified: the Route 52 Laundromat in Carmel from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21; the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God church in Mahopac on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and its Annual Feast Day Celebration from noon to 6 p.m.; and the Putnam Hospital Center Emergency Department on Sept. 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“Measles symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat,” said Dr. Nesheiwat in a statement. “It is followed by a rash that spreads over the body.” Anyone who develops symptoms should contact the Health Department at 845-808-1390.

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