New Jersey measles exposure warning

- Two people with measles may have exposed others in New Jersey to the highly contagious disease, including people traveling through Newark-Liberty International Airport, according to state health officials. They are warning residents to see a doctor if they may have come in contact with the individuals.

One person stopped briefly in the state on April 30 while on a tour bus traveling from Niagara Falls, New York, to Washington. D.C.

The second individual is a Bergen County resident who developed measles after contact with an international traveler who was ill with measles.

Measles, which is characterized by symptoms including rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). It is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Anyone who was in the following locations at the noted times should seek medical attention immediately, said health officials.

  • Towne Centre at Englewood apartments, 20 W Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631, April 24 - May 2, any time
  • Renaissance Office Center, 15 Engle St, Englewood, NJ 07631, April 30, 1 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal C, May 2, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Columbia Travel Center, I-80 at Rt. 94, 2 Simpson Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832, April 30, 9:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

This is the second time an alert was issued for the Newark airport.  In March, a child with a confirmed case of measles arrived at Terminal B from Brussels, Belgium, and departed for Memphis from Terminal C on Monday, officials said. The child was infectious that day and may have visited other parts of the airport.

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