Measles

Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to the Local Health Department.

Measles is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Ninety percent of people with close contact with an infected person will get measles if they are not vaccinated. Before the measles vaccine became available, measles was a common childhood disease. Measles is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. Symptoms may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, rash. Measles can have serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and miscarriage in pregnant women. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.


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July 2019: Potential Measles Exposure in Ocean County

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a confirmed case of measles in an Ocean County resident who potentially exposed individuals in Ocean County on July 10.  

Anyone who visited the Center for Health Education Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED) at 1771 Madison Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701 on July 10 between 1:45 and 6 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

The Department recommends that anyone who visited CHEMED during those specified dates/times should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed on these dates, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as July 31.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

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Last Reviewed: 7/17/2019