NEWARK – Authorities inform people who visited Newark Liberty International Airport on Christmas Eve that they may have been exposed to measles.
An infected traveler arrived at Terminal B on December 24 after arriving on a plane from Brussels.
State health officials say humans may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus between 12:00 and 16:00. It may take until January 14th for symptoms to develop.
The Maseral Arm is triggered in outbreaks in New Jersey and New York. Since October, there have been 30 confirmed cases in Ocean County and three cases in a household in Passaic County. New York has reported 96 cases in Rockland County and 52 in Brooklyn. No deaths were reported, although death may be a possible consequence of the disease.
Local health officials turned to the residents of New Jersey aboard the flight of a sick traveler.
Authorities Ask Anyone Who Believes It may have been prior to their personal arrival that the exposure was reported to the doctor to take proper precautions.
Further information on exposure has been published by the state at this link.
People who have been vaccinated against measles who have been exposed to measles in the past are unlikely to become ill. The disease is severe in infants, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.
Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed by a rash or red patches that spread from the face to the entire body. Other complications could include diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, brain swelling and premature birth or low birth weight during pregnancy.
Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist, said Friday that New Jersey residents should ensure that she and her family are up-to-date on the Measles / Mumps / Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
"Not only does the vaccine protect you, it also protects others who are too young to receive the vaccine, or can not get it for medical reasons," Tan said. If you are planning an international trip, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults or adolescents who are not sure of their immune status receive a dose of measles vaccine before traveling.
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