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Health Officials Warn Of Likely Measles Outbreak In 4 New Jersey Places, Including Newark Airport

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The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed two cases of measles. Residents may have been exposed to measles in four places, including Newark Liberty International Airport.  ( CDC/Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald | WIkimedia Commons )

There are more outbreaks of measles happening around the United States, including two unrelated cases that recently occurred in New Jersey.

Two Confirmed Cases Of The Measles

On April 30, a person who developed the measles stopped in New Jersey. The person was traveling on a tour bus that started in Niagara Falls, New York, before heading to its final destination at Washington DC.

Another unrelated case of measles also occurred in the Garden State around the same time. A Northern New Jersey resident received the measles from an international traveler who also had the illness. The incident happened in late April or early May.

It is possible that anyone in New Jersey could now have the measles after getting in contact with these two people. The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that individuals should seek immediate care if they visited the Towne Centre at Englewood apartments from April 24 to May 2, or if they visited the Renaissance Office Center in Englewood on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Likewise, anyone who visited the Columbia Travel Center on April 30 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. should also seek medical attention.

These aren't the only cases of measles to recently hit the Tri-state area. Another case of measles from Connecticut was confirmed last week by officials. In addition, two international tourists with confirmed cases of measles may have exposed people at Jehovah's Witness facilities around New York City.

Measles Targets Newark Liberty International Airport

The biggest cause for concern is Newark Liberty International Airport, another location that could have been infected by this recent measles outbreak. The New Jersey Department of Health says that people who visited Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 2 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. may have also come in contact with a person who had measles.

This isn't the only potential outbreak at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2018. In March, an international tourist traveling from Brussels to Memphis, Tennessee, may have passed through the airport while having the disease. In January, there was also another case of a person with measles in the same airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport is among the busiest airports in the United States. With many people passing through it on a daily basis, every potential measles outbreak can be devastating.

Symptoms of the measles include a full-body rash, fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Most people who receive the measles do not get the vaccination. That is why it is important to speak to a doctor about possibly getting the measles vaccine.

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