An international traveler who landed in New Jersey’s Newark airport on Christmas Eve has been confirmed to have a case of measles. The traveler arrived from Brussels at the Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal B.
The New Jersey Department of Health released a statement over what is being called a “a highly contagious disease:”
On Dec. 24, 2018, an international traveler who has been confirmed to have measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on a flight from Brussels. The individual was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport. If you were in the airport on Dec. 24 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as Jan. 14.
New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual’s flights will be notified by their local health department.
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.
“This confirmed case and exposure are unrelated to the ongoing measles outbreak in Ocean County, which includes 30 Ocean County cases and 3 Passaic County cases,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, so I urge all residents across the state to get vaccinated to protect their health.”
The New Jersey department of health says everyone needs to get a vaccine. Because, of course.
— NJDOH (@NJDeptofHealth) December 28, 2018