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Measles case confirmed in Ocean County once again, Health Department says – Asbury Park Press

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Just under two months after the last outbreak was declared over, a measles case has once again been confirmed in Ocean County, according to the state Department of Health.

Health officials have confirmed one case of the highly-contagious infection in the county and warned that the infected patient could have exposed others in Lakewood to the disease between Feb. 26 and 27.

The state Department of Health warned that individuals who traveled to the following locations at the following times could have been exposed to measles:

  • Congregation Sons of Israel, 401 Park Ave., Lakewood, from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 26

  • Kol Shimshon, 323 Squankum Rd., Lakewood, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27

The state Department of Health is working with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and alert those who may have been exposed, according to a statement from the agency.

Officials urged anyone who visited those locations at the time of exposure to immediately contact a health professional “to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.”

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“If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles,” the statement read. “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.”

Health officials are also investigating whether this case is linked to a previous outbreak in Ocean County between October 2018 and January 2019 or other outbreaks in arpimd the country. The last outbreak in Ocean and Passaic counties, which sickened 33 people, was declared over January 16 after officials said enough time had expired since the last exposure.

Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by a virus.Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. At its worst, it can cause symptoms as severe as pneumonia and swelling of the brain, according to the department of health.

Measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People can also contract the infection if they come in contact with mucus or salivia from an infected person.

Learn more in the video at the top of this story.

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Andrew Goudsward: @AGoudsward; 732-897-4555; agoudsward@gannettnj.com

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