LOWER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – City officials on Tuesday reported 25 confirmed cases in a measles outbreak that seems to be on the rise. 13 of them are children.
Prior to Tuesday the outbreak seemed confined to The Bronx and upper Manhattan, but no has spread to the Lower East Side with 3 confirmed cases here.
At least four of the 25 cases resulted in hospitalization. Symptoms can fade in days but one in three face major complications including pneumonia and brain infections. The city’s health department is urging children 12 months and older be vaccinated.
Measles is highly contagious and can spread by air through a simple sneeze or a cough. Those who have not been vaccinated face a 95% chance of being infected and becoming carriers themselves.