The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a 2nd confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious disease— in an Ocean County resident who could have possibly exposed others to the infection on March 5, 2019. The Department and local health officials are investigating any connection between the two recent cases, the previous outbreak in Ocean County, or current outbreaks in other states.
Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
- LabCorp, 1352 River Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
- March 5, 2019 from 3:45 p.m. to close
The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious. In the event that additional exposures are identified, information will be updated on the Department’s measles page.
The Department recommends that anyone who visited the location listed above during the specified date/time should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as March 26.
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.
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 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. 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 added.
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.For more information about measles, contact your health care provider, or visit the New Jersey Department of Health website
That is scary, allot of compromised patients go to LabCorp for lab work….
Measels is only contagious through contact. It is not air borne.
This is incorrect. Measles is contangious through respiratory droplets. If you are in the same enclosed environment as someone with the measles and do not have immunity there is a 90% chance of catching it
Actually measles is airborne according to cdc website.
Lisa, you couldn’t be more wrong. Kindly refrain from posting totally erroneous information. Measles virus spreads via direct contact AND through inhalation of air droplets, expressed by the infected individuals in their coughing, sneezing, and simple breathing.
I don’t know if anyone knows how much hate is directed at Lakewood now, (Ris Up Ocean County, anyone?) but this definitely helps fuel that. As sensational as it is, Lakewood Scoop is doing none of us a favor by publishing this. Please rethink it next time. Thank you.
i don’t get these people at all. When it comes to doctors and medicine our gedolim who use them are all of the sudden not people to be followed because of a bunch of crackpots? vaccinate already.
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