Measles case confirmed at eastern N.Y. school

Health officials in New York's mid-Hudson valley have confirmed a measles case at a school in New Paltz.

Nearly half of the children at the school have reportedly not been immunized. The school, which has slightly more than 130 students enrolled, is a private school in the New Paltz college community, Examiner reports.

Nirav R. Shah, the New York state health commissioner, said that almost half of the students have not received measles immunizations. Students and staff who have not been immunized have been excused from the school until the infection danger passes.

Measles immunization is a requirement in the state, but private schools have the authority to make exceptions. Health officials in Dutchess and Ulster County are recommending that students who have not gotten the vaccination should obtain one, according to Examiner.

Health officials said that the student traveled abroad before contracting measles. Most measles cases in the United States are caught overseas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a primarily respiratory infection that can cause a rash and is highly contagious. Ten percent of patients have ear infections and five percent can develop pneumonia. One or two out of every 1,000 children who catch measles will die as a result of the illness.

There have been 49 reports of the illness in the United States this year through September 15.