Measles scare prompts warning from health officials in New Jersey

Officials are working to identify anyone who may have come in contact with a woman who tested positive for measles.

June 22, 2018 - 9:22 pm

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Health officials in New Jersey are warning residents about possible measles exposure. They're working with state officials to help identify anyone who may have come in contact with a woman who tested positive for the disease.

A New Jersey resident was exposed to the measles while traveling internationally, and officials say that person visited several locations in Burlington and Camden counties after returning home, potentially infecting others.

Officials are urging anyone who visited LifeTime Fitness in Mount Laurel between June 12 and 15, Cooper Family Medical Center in Camden on June 14, Virtua Express Urgent Care in Moorestown on June 16, and Virtua Marlton Hospital on June 17 to contact their personal physician immediately.

“If you have had relatively close contact with an infected person, the risk of you developing measles could be significant if you haven’t previously had the disease or have not had the immunization,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “Symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and bordering redness of the eyes. There is a long incubation period associated with measles of between five and 21 days.”

The Department of Health is recommending that anyone who develops symptoms of measles call their doctor before going for testing so precautions can be taken to protect other patients and staff members.

Officials say measles vaccines are 97% effective and now is a good time to make sure all of your loved ones are up to date on their immuinzations.

"Getting vaccinated not only protects you," said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist, "it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons."

Camden County has a toll-free hotline to answer the public’s questions concerning measles: 1-800-999-9045.