CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has confirmed a positive case of measles. The patient has been isolated to avoid spreading the disease further.

Several possible exposure sites have been identified: The Route 52 Laundromat in Carmel; the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God Church in Mahopac, and following the service, at the Annual Feast Day Celebration; as well as the Putnam Hospital Center Emergency Department.

Anyone in the laundromat at 184 Route 52 in Carmel on Saturday, Sept. 21, between 6 and 9 p.m. who develops symptoms before Saturday, Oct. 12, should call the PCDOH as soon as possible at 845-808-1390 to understand their possible risk and what action to take.

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Anyone who attended church service at the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God at 1050 Route 6 in Mahopac on Sunday, Sept. 22, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or the celebration afterwards, from noon to 6 p.m. and develops symptoms before Sunday, Oct. 13, should also call the health department as soon as possible.

Anyone in the Putnam Hospital Center Emergency Department at 670 Stoneleigh Ave. in Carmel on Saturday, Sept. 28, between the hours of 5 and 7:30 p.m. who has not been contacted by the PDCOH, should also call the health department as well.

Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease that can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. In rare cases, it can be deadly.

“Before this person was isolated, there may have been additional exposures,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Michael J. Nesheiwat. “We are working with local partners to identify all possible contacts. If you are unsure if you or your children are protected from measles, reach out to your physician or one of our communicable disease nurses.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell said to keep in mind that, so far, just one case of measles has been reported.

“Please support the efforts of the health department as they work to reduce the risk of measles exposure and transmission,” she said. “We continue to urge all residents to check their vaccination status to protect themselves.”

Individuals born before 1957, anyone who has had measles, or those who have proof of receiving two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines, are less likely to become sick.

“Measles symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat,” Nesheiwat said. “It is followed by a rash that spreads over the body. If anyone has these symptoms, call your doctor or the emergency room first. Do not go directly to a medical facility. Isolation procedures need to begin immediately upon arrival.”

Article provided by Putnam County Health Department