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More measles exposure at Newark Airport in May

TRENTON – A traveler passing through Newark Liberty International Airport with a confirmed case of measles on May 8

The state Department of Health said the traveler had arrived at the airport's terminal B and may have exposed others between 2 and 6 p.m. Those who were exposed could develop symptoms as late as May 29.

New Jersey residents who were on board the flight have been notified by their local health departments. The number of residents is not disclosed by the department of health.

NJ HEALTH OFFICIALS URGING ADULTS TO GET THE MEASLES VACCINE

Anyone who believes they are exposed should see their health care provider.

Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). In pregnant women, measles can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, or a low infant birth weight.

Newark Liberty several times during the Ocean County outbreaks.

The state health department has declared that the second outbreak in Ocean County to be over May 16. Two incubation periods since the last reported case, or 42 days, passed without a new case being confirmed. As of May 22, there are 14 confirmed cases of measles in New Jersey, 12 of which are associated with the second outbreak.

The CDC reported 880 cases of measles in 24 states as of May 17, the largest number of cases reported since 1994 and since.

Rockland County, NY, had 250 cases as of May 24. The New York Health Department reported 535 cases in Brooklyn and Queens.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @ DanAlexanderNJ

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