As the number of measles cases in Ocean County increased to 15 on Friday, health officials warned residents in Passaic who visited three locations in the city could have been exposed to the highly-contagious virus.
It’s possible that anyone who visited the Passaic Chill Youth Drop-In Center on 217 Brook Avenue, Junior’s Kosher Deli on 215 Main Avenue and the Rite Aid on 78 Main Avenue between Nov. 17 and 18 could have been exposed to measles.
The statement warns anyone who visited these locations:
Passaic Chill Youth Drop In Center, 217 Brook Ave., Passaic, NJ on November 17 between 8:30 p.m. and midnight.
Junior’s Kosher Deli, 215 Main Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055 on November 18 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Rite Aid, 78 Main Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055 on November 18 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Residents who visited those stores during those hours could be exposed to measles and should keep a close eye on potential symptoms, especially if they have not been vaccinated or have never had the virus.
Symptoms of the measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes and could appear in individuals infected on these two dates as late as Dec. 9, according to the statement.
The Department of Health urges anyone who suspects an exposure to call their 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,” according to the statement.
A Passaic County resident has not been confirmed to have the virus, but is believed to have possibly contracted the virus in Ocean County, said Dawn Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health.
There have been 15 confirmed measles cases in Ocean County.
The first case in Lakewood involved a person who had traveled to Israel and contracted the disease. It was reported to the Ocean County Health Department Oct. 26.
Measles can cause pneumonia and encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain. Pregnant women with the virus can be susceptible to miscarriages, premature births or a low-birth-weight baby, the health department warns.
Measles can spread when someone coughs or sneezes, making the virus airborne and putting those in the immediate area at risk of infection. The virus can also be spread through contact with infected mucus or saliva.
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