New Jersey health officials issued a public health alert Tuesday due to a confirmed case of measles. The individual, who is a New Jersey resident, could have possibly exposed others to the infection while in Bergen County between February 17 and February 25, 2019.
Apparently, the case contracted the virus outside New Jersey.
The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
- AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale, 2 Broadway, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
- February 18, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Walgreens Pharmacy, 383 Washington Ave, Hillsdale, NJ, 07642
- February 18, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Department recommends that anyone who visited the location listed above during the specified date/time 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 March 18.
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.
Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.
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