Measles resurfaces in NJ, prompting health warnings in Ocean County

David Madden
July 26, 2019 - 1:28 pm
In this photo illustration a one dose bottle of measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — There's another case of measles reported in New Jersey, the 17th this year. And it comes from an area where cases have been reported before.

Officials reported a dozen cases in and near Ocean County earlier this year and thought they were nipped in the bud back in May.

"We have had an outbreak in Ocean County in measles cases earlier this spring," state epidemiologist Tina Tan told KYW Newsradio. "So we are seeing clusters of measles cases pop up in certain vulnerable populations."

That’s particularly true where people frown on getting vaccinated.

The latest confirmed case involves someone who visited a Lakewood synagogue, Congregation Belz, between July 10 and 12. Anyone who may have been there at that time should talk to their physician now, because symptoms like a rash on the face may not surface for a few weeks. In fact, possible infections from this case might appear as late as next week.

Tan has this advice for any person unsure of their vaccination record.

"We encourage anyone and everyone in the state who is not up to date on their measles vaccine or any other vaccine-preventable disease to make sure that they get up to date," she added.

And just because you got yours as a child doesn't mean you're ok today.