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Lakewood measles eruption spreads to Passaic County

Lakewood measles outbreak that has illuminated 15 people has spread north to Passaic County, as three members of a family…

Lakewood measles outbreak that has illuminated 15 people has spread north to Passaic County, as three members of a family have come down with the highly infectious virus.

New Jersey Department of Health said that Passaic County households have a direct link to the “Outbreak Community in Ocean County.”

The one who visited the Passaic Chill Youth Drop-In Center at 217 Brook Ave., Juniors Kosher Deli at 215 Main Ave or Rite Aid on 78 Main Ave. Passaic between 17 and 18 November could have been exposed to measles, warned the department.

A complete list of places that infected persons may have visited can be found here.

“The department recommends that anyone who visited any of the locations listed above during the stated dates / times should contact a healthcare provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the disease,” a publication from the department indicated

The ages of those diagnosed as virus distances aged 6 months to 59 years and the infected patients developed the measles disorder between 1

7 October and 24 November. People who contracted the disease could develop symptoms as late as December 19, the department stated.

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The first case in Lakewood involved a person who had traveled to Israel and was exposed to the virus. It was reported to the Ocean County Health Department on October 26th. The virus then began to spread through Lakewood, but was contained to the city before the Passaic County family pulled it this month.

People may also get sick when they get into contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, and anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if exposed to exposure, officials said.

Symptoms may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes and rashes, which can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, according to the health department

If contracted, the virus can cause ear infections, pneumonia, swelling in the brain, miscarriage in pregnant women, and even death, especially for children, according to health officials.

Chris Sheldon can be reached at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook .

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