15 Confirmed Measles Cases Hit Ocean County

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OCEAN COUNTY – There are 15 confirmed cases of the measles in Ocean County, The New Jersey Department of Health reported.

The Ocean County Health Department reported Monday afternoon that there are an additional 21 suspected cases in the county.

In addition, the Department put out an alert Nov. 23 that warned anyone visiting three Passaic County locations may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.

Anyone who visited these locations at the listed times has been exposed to measles:

  • Passaic Chill Youth Drop In Center, 217 Brook Ave., Passaic, 8:30 p.m. to midnight Nov. 17
  • Junior’s Kosher Deli, 215 Main Ave., Passaic, 7:30-10 p.m. Nov. 18
  • Rite Aid, 78 Main Ave., Passaic, 8-10:30 p.m. Nov. 18

Symptoms can develop as late as Dec. 9.

Only those who have already had the measles or are properly immunized are not susceptible.

People should check their immunization records to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations. If they show signs of measles – fever, rash, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, pink eye – they should contact their healthcare provider before showing up to the office so arrangements for treatment without exposing others can be made.

People can become ill 5-21 days after exposure to measles. It can be spread through coughing and sneezing and live on surfaces and in the air up to two hours.

For more information, visit The Ocean County Health Department at ochd.org or the state health department’s measles page at state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/measles.shtml