Health officials warn people on Christmas Eve at Newark Liberty International Airport that they were exposed to measles. An international traveler who arrived at Terminal B from Brussels on Monday was infected with the highly contagious disease, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
Officials believe that the flyer may also have visited other areas of the airport and all persons who were at the airport from 12:00 to 16:00. may have been exposed.
It could take until January 14 before someone infected by the passenger develops symptoms of measles. These include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. In rare cases, complications can be life-threatening.
The disease easily spreads through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, and people also become ill when they come into contact with mucus or saliva from infected people.represent the greatest risk of infection.
The authorities are pushing anyone who thinks they have the measles had been exposed to call their doctor before going to them or visiting an emergency room.
This is the second incident involving measles this year. According to the New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal .
"This confirmed case and exposure are unrelated to the ongoing measles eruption in Ocean County, which includes 30 Ocean County cases and three Passaic County cases," Elnahal said in a statement. "Two measles vaccines are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and I urge all state residents to be vaccinated to protect their health."