Take the initiative to protect yourself from the measles! Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by exposure to the measles virus. It rapidly spreads through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. The initial symptom of the measles is a fever; infected individuals will then experience a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. A tiny rash of red bumps will appear on the skin, first appearing on the head and working its way down the rest of the body.
Steps to Prevent Measles:
It is important for every child to receive two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination by age six. The CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:
If you think you have the measles:
Follow these tips immediately at the first sign of symptoms
Take the initiative to get vaccinated! It is important for you to receive a MMR vaccination. Children should get the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age. The second dose should be administered at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. If you do not have a vaccination record and are unsure of your vaccine history, consult with your primary physician.
Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Ocean County as of 11/1/2018. The New Jersey Department of Health issued a press release warning residents about the additional confirmed cases that could have exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between October 25 and 31.
Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
The Ocean County Health Department is working diligently to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious. In the event that additional exposure locations are identified, information will be updated on the New Jersey Department of Health’s measles page.
Learn more on our Communicable Disease page.