TRENTON – A traveler who passed through Newark Liberty International Airport on May 8 with a confirmed measles case may have affected others when the Ocean County outbreak was declared over.
The US Department of State said travelers who are not resident in New Jersey arrived at Terminal B at the airport and may have left other people between 2pm and 6pm. Those who were exposed could not leave until the 29th. May develop symptoms.
New Jersey residents aboard the passenger were notified by their local health departments. The number of residents has not been announced by the Ministry of Health.
Anyone who believes they are exposed should consult their doctor after calling ahead to make arrangements to ensure that no one else is possibly exposed.
Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). In pregnant women, measles can cause miscarriage, premature birth or low birth weight.
Infectious travelers may have been exposed to measles several times during the outbreaks in Ocean County, Newark Liberty.
The Department of Health said the second outbreak in Ocean County ended on May 16. Two incubation periods since the last reported case, or 42 days, passed without a new case being confirmed. By May 22, there were 14 confirmed cases of measles in New Jersey, 12 of which are related to the second outbreak.
The CDC reported 880 cases of measles in 24 states as of May 17, the largest number of reported cases since 1994 and since the eradication of measles in 2000.
Rockland County, New York, was on 24 May 250 cases. The New York Health Department reported 535 cases in Brooklyn and Queens.
Contacting reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ
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