Health officials in Ocean County continue to monitor an outbreak of measles after four cases confirmed in Lakewood and another…
Health officials in Ocean County continue to monitor an outbreak of measles after four cases confirmed in Lakewood and another four suspects.
And those without the vaccine, or uncertain of their status, appear in large numbers to search for it.
The first case meant a person who had traveled to Israel and committed himself to the disease. It was reported to the Ocean County Health Department on October 26th.
Three further cases have been confirmed, which all followed exposure to the traveler.
Two additional people had been tested on Friday, but the results of the test were not yet available Monday, according to Brian Rumpf, Managing Director at the Ocean County Health Department.
He said the department was aware of two further suspected cases, and the individuals had been tested as well as on Monday afternoon.
The CHEMED Health Center announced that an outdoor triage area would be established to investigate all who exhibit measles symptoms, which include fever, cough, pink eyes and rashes that usually start on the face and neck and spread elsewhere.
“In accordance with the recommendations of CDC and our doctors, patients who exhibit measles symptoms can not enter our facilities until further notice as they could potentially expose other CHEMED patients to the virus,” said CHEMED in a statement released Friday. [1
9659002] CHEMED diagnosed the first case, said Rumpf. The health department has sent about five employees to help the center with its vaccinations and testing, as concerned residents have flocked there after hearing the news about the outbreak.
Officials said the first person visited the following places and advised others to be careful:
Vacc The ination is recommended for those born after 1957 and most receive the two doses when they become 4. These shots are about 97 percent effective.
However, in Lakewood, which has a population of over 100,000, even a small percentage of unvaccinated people who are encrypted to be controlled may lower their health.
“We think [Lakewood’s] the vaccination rate is quite high, but there are some who came from abroad or were otherwise unsafe,” said Rumpf. The number of people seeking vaccinations is “more than a blow up”, he said, but has not overwhelmed care providers who handle the influx of wells.
Fairs can be spread through contact or even through the air and are contagious for up to two hours after exposure to a sick person. The virus thrives especially in indoor areas.
Those who think they have measles should call the office immediately and describe their symptoms. CHEMED office is open to patients seeking other types of care.
Administrators with CHEMED could not be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.
Anyone who is uncertain of their vaccination status should also call their doctor. Blood tests can be used to test immunity.
Some local companies have taken precautions to stop spreading by banning them without proof of immunization, including Snaps Kosher, a restaurant and The Gym Lakewood.
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