OCEAN COUNTY – Now that 42 days have passed since the last known case was infectious, authorities have declared that the local measles outbreak is over.
The 42 days represents two incubation periods, according to the Ocean County Health Department.
However, just because there have been no new cases, it doesn’t mean that there’s an undiagnosed case out there, so medical professionals should still keep an eye out, the department said. Additionally, sporadic cases might still pop up from time to time.
Since October, 33 outbreak-associated cases were identified, including 30 confirmed cases in Ocean County residents and 3 cases in one Passaic County household that had a direct epidemiologic link to the outbreak community.
“It definitely takes a team effort to get through an outbreak of this extent,” said Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator. “We received tremendous support from the community-at-large and partnered with pediatricians, schools, administrators, health care providers, the faith-based community and many other local groups throughout the outbreak and each one played a vital role.
The Ocean County Health Department once again reminds everyone to remain vigilant and if someone is suspected of being exposed to or having measles they are urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office.
For more information regarding measles, visit the Ocean County Health Department website at ochd.org. The department has launched a new website phu2.org to inform people of the Public Health is You Too! Campaign that provides simple steps to improve your health.