MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

New Jersey hospital visitors potentially exposed to measles

New Jersey public health officials warned recent visitors to a Somerville hospital that they may have been exposed to the measles.

The New Jersey Department of Public Health issued a warning that anyone who was at the hospital from March 4-6 could have potentially contracted the once-common childhood illness, according to CBSLocal.com.

"There is an employee at Somerset Medical Center who might be infected with measles virus," New Jersey epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan said, CBSLocal.com reports.

Tan said that the measles vaccine it highly effective, but those who visited the hospital during that time should call a doctor and be prepared to look for possible symptoms, which would begin to surface by next week.

"Measles symptoms can include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes," Tan said, CBSLocal.com reports.

Public health officials also issued a warning that those who believe they have contracted the illness should contact a healthcare provider before seeking medical attention in order to protect others from the measles. Children, the elderly and pregnant women are most at risk for serious complications, CBSLocal.com reports.

The New Jersey Department of Public Health said measles is highly contagious and spread through the air. It is recommending that everyone be properly vaccinated.