Health & Wellness

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

5d4197df02176cf8759b_measleshealthalert.jpg
5d4197df02176cf8759b_measleshealthalert.jpg

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels and departed for Memphis from Terminal C.

The child was infectious on March 12 and may have traveled to other areas of the airport.

Sign Up for E-News

If you develop symptoms of measles, which could develop as late as April 2, 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.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby.

Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual’s flights are being notified by their local health department.

If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, said state epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan, M.D.  “We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons,” she said.

The World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status who are planning an international trip to get a measles vaccine before traveling, Dr. Tan added.

Information on what to do if you’ve been exposed to measles is available on the state Department of Health website by clicking here.

www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/measles/measles_exposure_guidance_public.pdf

 

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, it is the official electronic newspaper of both municipalities. As a locally owned news organization, TAPinto through its advertisers is able to publish online, objective news 24/7 at no charge. Sign up for its free daily e-News, and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

Download the free TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

In Photos: Local Parks Flood During Monday Morning Rainstorms

April 17, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - This morning's downpours sent torrents of water into the Third River causing it to over flow its banks.

Passaic Avenue at Brookside was closed by the Nutley Police Department shortly after TAPinto Nutley arrived to capture these images of the flooding. 

Runoff inundated Memorial Park, caused the Third River to spill over its banks in Yanticaw Park, ...

Ricky's Compass Launched Honoring Founders Wish

April 25, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- Ricky Godoy was a confident, intelligent and outgoing entrepreneur. Ricky refused to let his diagnosis define him and went on to establish his own multimedia business, YODOG media (his last name backwards!).  Within the year, he became a thumbtack pro because of his genuine personality, outstanding services and unparalleled work ethic.  However, he was ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 26, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Breathe to Live

Health & Wellness

Thu, April 26, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Breathe to Live: Lung Health

Health & Wellness

Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston

TBA Sisterhood Spring Gala Featuring Judy Gold, ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 14, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Arrest for Montclair Man

April 25, 2018

4/11: ARREST FOR NARCOTICS: Officers executed a motor-vehicle stop for an equipment violation in Randolph. An investigation led to Sebastian Palacio-Vallejo, age 18, of Wharton, to be charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released with a court date pending.

4/11: ARREST FOR NARCOTICS: Officers executed a motor-vehicle stop for ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Find Out More About Cedar De Mayo, May 12

April 26, 2018

WHAT:  Cedar De Mayo is a community celebration of spring, fun and the welcoming of warm weather to the Cedar Grove Downtown.  There will be food trucks, music, and plenty of fun for the children.  Forty pieces of artwork created for Cedar Grove’s Inaugural Art Walk will be displayed and auctioned off.

WHO: Downtown Advisory Committee of Cedar Grove

WHY: To ...