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The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a 3rd confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious disease— in an adult male from Ocean County who could have possibly exposed others to the infection between March 9 and March 14, 2019. The Department of Health is considering this a new outbreak of measles in the community.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

  • Congregation Bais Tefilla, 33 East 8th St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
    • March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • March 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • March 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • March 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Beth Medrash Govoha, Bais Yitzchok Hall, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • March 13 from 12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Beth Medrash Govoha, Yoshon Hall, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • March 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • March 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Beth Hamedrash Zichron Binyomin, 701 Princeton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • March 10 from 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (March 11)
    • March 11 from 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (March 12)
    • March 13 from 10:45 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. (March 14)
  • Lake Terrace Hall, 1690 Oak St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 11 from 10:00 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. (March 12)
  • Kol Shimshon, 323 Squankum Rd, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • March 12 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individual was infectious.

Measles/CDC
Measles/CDC

The Department recommends that anyone who visited the locations listed above during the dates/times listed should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as April 7.

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Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed. “Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 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.