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County health department announces 3 new, non-lab confirmed measles cases

February 04, 2019 10:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Monroe County Department of Health announced three new cases of the measles Friday.

The new cases are not lab confirmed, but fit the clinical profile of the measles. 

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News10NBC also learned the new cases are siblings of the students who tested positive for measles at Canal View Elementary School in Spencerport. However, the health department says this is an isolated incident to one family, so they do not believe this is a widespread problem. 

The measles was once a deadly disease among children in the U.S. until a vaccine became available in 1963. In 2000, the disease was considered eradicated in the United States, so many doctors haven't seen the disease. 

"It's very nerve-wracking if it's something you haven't see before," said Dr. Megan Lasaponara, Greece pediatrician.

Lasaponara has been practicing medicine for five years and has not seen or had to treat for the measles. 

Even today, the highly contagious childhood infection, which is caused by a virus, is considered extremely rare.  However, doctors are having to come up to speed quickly as this disease makes a comeback.

"With measles, I'm told by my colleagues those children are very sick, and so it's not as though you're going to miss somebody that has a very high fever, a rash, a cough, red eyes and is exhibiting all the symptoms," added Dr. Lasaponara. 

Lasaponara says most of the patients are immunized. But she has been conferring with the more experienced doctors in the practice as well as consulting medical journals and going on the web.

VisualDx has an app that helps doctors diagnose ailments with just the click of a button.

Dr. Art Papier is the co-founder and C.E.O. of VisualDx. He says this tool can help in cases like the measles, where doctors don't have a lot of experience.

"Vaccination is the most important thing," Papier said. "But given that they're people who are not vaccinated, we want people to recognize it early...it's essential that doctors pick this up early and not send kids back to school with this." 

Contact the Monroe County Department of Health at 585-753-5164 with any concerns.

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