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New York, New Jersey Warn Of Measles Exposure, Including At Newark Airport

New York, New Jersey Warn Of Measles Exposure, Including At Newark Airport”

The state Department of Health said that in one confirmed case a Bergen County resident developed measles after contact with an global traveler at Newark Liberty worldwide Airport's Terminal C on April 30 between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

A person with measles had briefly stopped in New Jersey on April 30 while on a tour bus traveling from Niagara Falls, New York, heading to Washington, D.C.

The two cases of measles are unrelated, health officials said.

- The Orange County Department of Health is advising residents of a potential measles exposure at a Monroe medical facility. "We are beyond 21 days since the last reported case so we are confident the two cases are not related", said Dr. Parham Jaberi, Assistant State Health Officer in a statement.

Renaissance Office Center - 15 Engle St, Englewood, on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

May 2, between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Columbia Travel Center - 2 Simpson Rd., Columbia (off I-80 at Route 94) on April 30, between 9:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.

Anyone who has not received two doses of the MMR vaccine is vulnerable to the highly contagious disease.

If you have received two doses of MMR or measles-containing vaccine, have had measles, or were born before 1957, you are considered immune against measles. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

"We'd also encourage people to ensure they are up to date with their MMR vaccine before travelling to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks".

PHE is advising that anyone who has not received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is most at risk, while youngsters coming into close contact with each other in environments such as festivals are more at risk, as well as unvaccinated people travelling to Romania and Italy, where there are now large outbreaks.

Measles is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications and, in rare cases, death. The illness is easily spread through the air when a patient coughs or sneezes, or when a person comes into contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

A dose of the measles vaccine is recommended for anyone planning an worldwide trip, including adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status.

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