An particular person who flew to a New Jersey airport on Christmas Eve has a confirmed case of the measles, health officials stated Friday, warning that others may have been uncovered.
The traveler with the “highly contagious disease” flew into Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal B on Dec. 24 from Brussels, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed in a information launch.
The contaminated individual was contagious at the time and presumably went to different elements of the journey hub, officials stated.
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Officials cautioned that any individual at the airport on that day between the hours of 12 and 4 p.m. may’ve been uncovered to the illness. If they have been contaminated, signs may current themselves via Jan. 14, the information launch stated.
“New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual’s flights will be notified by their local health department,” health officials stated.
This occasion has no connection to an outbreak of the illness elsewhere within the state; instances have proven up in Ocean and Passaic Counties. Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal urged folks to obtain vaccinations.
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The discover concerning the measles-infected traveler was additionally posted on Twitter by the New Jersey Department of Health and retweeted by Newark airport.
Among the signs that may seem with the measles: a rash, excessive fever and a runny nostril.
“Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed,” stated 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.”