The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has reported at least nine confirmed measles cases in the current and second outbreak linked to Ocean County, according to a Patch report yesterday.
The confirmed cases include seven in Ocean County and two in Monmouth County, Additional measles cases have been reported in the state; however, they are unrelated to this outbreak.
The first outbreak had a total of 33 confirmed cases and ran from October 2018 to mid-January 2019.
Health officials released some vaccine information on the first outbreak and found that 79% of people that were infected with measles were not inoculated with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Three percent of cases had just one of the required two-part vaccine series, while 16% of cases were found to be fully vaccinated.
Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health explains, “The Ocean County Health Department gained a lot of valuable information from the first outbreak of measles. That’s only making it easier to navigate this occurrence of measles as they continue to work diligently alongside the state health department, area health care providers, and school and community leaders in an effort to keep residents safe.”
“People are reminded to check their immunization records. If there is any sign of symptoms to contact your healthcare provider prior to showing up at that provider’s office so that appropriate arrangements can be made for examination or treatment,” states Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator.
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