Ocean County health officials released new information Wednesday on the measles outbreak that has continued to spread since the first case was confirmed a month ago.
There are now 18 confirmed cases of the measles, including 3 in 1 Passaic County household, that health officials said has a “direct epidemiological link” to the outbreak community in Ocean County. There are 16 more possible cases under investigation.
Officials said those with confirmed cases of the measles range in age from a 6 month old baby to a 59 year old adult, and have a rash onset dates from Oct. 17 (the case that was confirmed Oct. 24) to Nov. 24.
Health officials continue to encourage those who are not vaccinated both children and adults to get vaccinated against the virus, which is very contagious that spreads through the air and can linger for 2 hours after the someone infected leaves a room or building. Usually symptoms develop 10 to 12 days after being expose to an infected person and generally last from 7 to 10 days.
In the Ocean County outbreak so far, there have been no deaths reported.
Health officials say anyone who visited the locations during those dates and times should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure. Those potentially exposed, if infected could develop symptoms as late as December 19th.
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. Health officials continue to highly suggest those who are not vaccinated to get the measles vaccination.
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