New Jersey state health officials report an overseas traveler who has been confirmed to have had measles, arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport from Vienna, Austria on May 8.
Authorities say the individual was infectious on that day and may have exposed others to measles.
If you were in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 8 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as May 29.
New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual’s flights will be notified by their local health department. In the event that additional exposures are identified, an update will be provided.
Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed. “Two doses of measles vaccine is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.
“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. If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling,” Dr. Tan added.
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