N.J. man exposed unknown number of people to measles

According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, a Camden County, New Jersey, man with probable measles may have exposed an unknown number of people to the highly contagious disease.

The man was exposed to an infected woman who recently traveled to New Jersey from Italy. The man, who has not been identified by state health officials, may have exposed people in South Jersey public locations to measles between April 21 and April 24, reports.

The man visited the Pop Shop in Collingswood, N.J., between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on April 21, the Home Depot in West Cherry Hill, N.J., between 8 a.m. and noon on April 22, and the Cherry Hill, N.J., Kohl’s between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 23. In addition, he visited the Magnolia Nursery in Magnolia, N.J.,, the Cherry Hill Toys"R"Us and Walmart, the Home Depot in West Cherry Hill and the Lowe’s in Lawnside, N.J., all between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Department of Health and Senior Services recommends that anyone who was in these locations contact a health provider to discuss possible exposure and risks of developing measles, according to Measles symptoms include rash, cough, high fever, runny nose and red, watery eyes. For those infected between April 21 and April 24, symptoms may develop as early as April 26 or as late as May 1.
“We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations,” Dr. Christina Tan, the acting deputy commissioner and state epidemiologist, said, according to “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.  Two doses of measles vaccine is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles.”

Measles spreads easily through the air when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs. Anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or has not had measles may be at risk if exposed to the virus.