UPDATED-BREAKING: 6th confirmed case of Measles in Lakewood; List of locations

TLS has learned there is another two confirmed cases of Measles in Lakewood.

At least one patient is an adult male.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Lakewood to six, with seven others pending, the Ocean County Health Department told TLS.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

  • Schul Satmar, 405 Forest Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 28 – November 1 between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
    • October 28 – October 31 between 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (morning of Nov. 1)
    • November 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • CHEMED Health Center, 1771 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 30 between 9:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • November 1 from 10:15 p.m. to close
  • Office of Dr. Eli Eilenberg, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 31 between 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Four Corners Bagel & Café, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 31 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Department of Health urges residents to remain vigilant for any symptoms of measles. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

“Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist. “We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons.”

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend two doses of MMR vaccine routinely for children, starting with the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years before school entry. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.

“If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling,” Dr. Tan noted.

Before international travel:

Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).

Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

In response to the Outbreak in Lakewood, triage centers have been set up at Lakewood facilities to ensure patients don’t spread the infection further.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. agreed. SO annoying that no one wants to share the critical info regarding if cases were vaccinated. i did see reported that in monsey outbreak not a single case was a fully vaccinated adult/child, but a few infected did have only one dose.

    • Agreed. SO annoying that the people whose kids got the measles don’t want to tell you so you can come hound them and have everyone know whom to direct their anti-Semitism at. It gets frustrating to kvetch about the people who don’t vaccinate when you can’t actually call them, hound them, give them your opinions, and otherwise direct your sinas chinam at them. agreed.

  2. I don’t know about Monsey or Lakewood but I heard of an adult in Brooklyn that got it that was vaccinated. They claim that it doesn’t last more than a certain amount of years.

  3. I came across this interesting piece of information on a website article by someone named Sara Pope, a health and nutrition educator.

    The John Hopkins Patient Information-Care at home for the immunocompromised (cancer) patient” booklet used to contain the following information:

    “Can I have visitors? Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chickenpox, measles, rubella, polio or smallpox) not to visit. ”

    When Sara made this information public and it went viral, she discovered that the information in the booklet got changed. Now it says:
    “Can I have visitors? Tell friends and family who are sick not to visit.”
    (Were they worried that people may deduce that live vaccine recipients can shed the virus to others?)

    She had taken a screenshot of the original version and has it posted on
    her website, which you can find by googling “Studies show measles vax spreads virus + Sara Pope.”

    (You can also check out reference #1 in her article, which is an article published in the May 2014 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases that discusses the first report of measles transmission from a twice-vaccinated individual.)

    On another note, in the “Measles: Questions and Answers” sheet put out by the Immunization Action Coalition (you can find it online) it states that five to fifteen percent of vaccine recipients can develop a fever and about five percent can develop a measles-like rash 7-12 days after vaccine (which they say is not contagious).

    I believe that doctors can test to find out whether someone has the real measles or this measles-like condition as a side effect from the vaccine. I think that would be good information to know.

  4. Also want to mention that the Measles Question and Answer sheet states that about 25 percent of adult women who get the vaccine may develop temporary joint pain, a symptom related to the rubella component. Joint pain only occurs in women who are not immune to rubella at the time of vaccination.

    PS. Anyone allergic to neomycin or gelatin or other components of the vaccine should not receive the vaccine accd to the manufacturer and according to this info sheet. Of course, how is anyone supposed to know if a child is allergic to these ingredients?

    • bd, I’m sure there are! I vaccinate, and I would not be taking my child to the doctor if he/she has symptom of the measles but does not seen to be in danger. there is nothing that can be done at that point, aside from tylenol or motrin.
      All the more so someone that does not vaccinate! Most of them refrain from going to the dr unless absolutely necessary.

  5. BD, that’s 100% true. Someone in my development has 4 kids with measles (she didn’t vaccinate and doesn’t think it’s a big deal), but isn’t reporting it.

  6. bd, I’m sure there are! I vaccinate, and I would not be taking my child to the doctor if he/she has symptom of the measles but does not seen to be in danger. there is nothing that can be done at that point, aside from tylenol or motrin.
    All the more so someone that does not vaccinate! Most of them refrain from going to the dr unless absolutely necessary.

  7. In an interview with Zdogg, Paul Offit was asked about the death rate of measles before the vaccine was introduced. He said that there were about three to four million cases per year, with about 48,000 hospitalizations, and about 500 deaths primarily in children. If you use your calculator (and use the lower three million figure), the death rate comes to .0001666

    You can check this out at the video interview: “The Danger of Celebrity Health Advice with Dr. Paul Offit” at the 54:57 mark.

    • on WHO website:

      Approximately 89,780 people died from measles in 2016 – mostly children under the age of 5 years, despite the availability of a safe effective vaccine.

      Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. During 2000 – 2016, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.4 million deaths. Global measles deaths have decreased by 84% from an estimated 550,100 in 2000 to 89,780 in 2016.

      • Dr. Offit was talking about America, where we live. Of course if you add in worldwide statistics that especially include countries without proper sanitary conditions, etc. you are going to get those statistics.

    • Great article:

      Debunking Vaccine Myths With Dr. Paul Offit:

      acsh.org/news/2016/10/07/debunking-vaccine-myths-dr-paul-offit-10269

  8. Anon:
    Totally irresponsible not to report measles when there is an outbreak. Why don’t you call your doctor and tell him? Or call the health department yourself?

    • They are probably not calling their doctor because there is nothing the doctor can do except give fever reducers if necessary. These children are staying home and not infecting anyone else. Measles is usually not a deadly disease. Check out comment #14. Measles used to be a normal childhood illness, just like chickenpox was not too long ago.

      • Because they need to identify who else was exposed to these kids! What if someone in their class is immunosupressed? If they want to stay home with the measles, who cares, but it needs to be reported so regular people can take the necessary precautions. This is not mesirah.

  9. @goldy – the current death rate in Europe is much higher. Something like 37 deaths for 41,000 cases. This is in 2018.

    There is what to do for measles – very high levels of vitamin A and keeping the fever from spiking too high. Hopefully those that have it know how to treat it.

  10. @Goldy Why are you giving out false and dangerous information?

    Measles actually killed on average 1 out of every 500 people from 1985-1992 in the United States. This is only a death rate and doesn’t include lifetime side effects and other difficulties. The death rate is much higher for people with compromised immune systems and the like.
    See here

  11. Cgy, according to article “Europe is in the midst of its largest measles outbreak in years – Ukraine is a big part of the problem,” more than half the cases are occurring in the Ukraine.

    Now read this article to see the possible other side of the story here:
    “Is recent MMR vaccine campaign linked to reported measles outbreak in Ukraine?”

  12. To responsible – I was just quoting the statistics from Dr. Paul Offit in an interview he gave. Dr Paul Offit is a big advocate of vaccines.
    Check out the 54:52 mark in “The Danger of Celebrity Health Advice with Dr. Paul Offit.”
    You wrote “see here” but I do not see anything there. Thanks

  13. I think that all of the antivaxxers should take in all the measle cases so the mothers can go to work and fathers go to yeshiva. In the old days mothers were home. I would like to know if the babysitters and playgroups are asking if children were vaccinated. If it hits the pocketbook people will talk differently.

  14. Goldy what are the statistics of kids who “developed autism” from the vaccine? A lot lower than the death statistic!! So why take a chance with death if the statistic is higher?!!!

  15. 2 Points;
    Dr E is know to accamadate anti vaxxers so can we assume they case in his office wasn’t vaxed?

    Second to all those screaming mesira, please learn Hilchos mesira , don’t see any way how reporting a child to get proper treatment for a dangerous disease qualifies. If you see a car accident is it mesira to call an ambulance?! Please don’t misuse torah for your own purposes

  16. To Hesh
    No you can’t assume that. Most of the practice is fully vaccinated and a majority of the rest space out the shots.

    Ummm there’s no treatment besides tylonal so why exactly do you need to report it for treatment? What treatment?

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