NJ Department of Health warns of possible measles exposure in Hudson County

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning citizens about possible measles exposure in Hudson County.

The department confirmed a case of measles in a Hudson County resident who may have exposed people in several places in Jersey City between Jan. 16 and Jan. 24. Anyone who hasn't been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed to the virus.

The locations the department is concerned about are: 

Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City

Jan. 20 - Jan. 21 between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Jan. 22, between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

PATH Stations: Journal Square and Newport AND PATH Train: Journal Square - 33rd St. Line

Jan. 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 17, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Newport Tower, 525 Washington Blvd., Jersey City

Jan. 17, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Jan. 18, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Newport Mall, 30 Mall Dr. W, Jersey City

Jan. 17, between 12 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

145 Harborside, Plaza 2, Jersey City

Jan. 19, between 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LabCorp, 600 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City

Jan. 19, between 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Duane Reade (Journal Square), 1 Path Plaza, Jersey City

Jan. 19, between 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Square 1 (Restaurant), 283 St. Paul's Ave., Jersey City

Jan. 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officials say the man who contracted the illness recently traveled abroad and is recovering at home.

They say he apparently didn't know he was carrying the disease when he visited at least eight public locations this past month.

A person who was exposed could develop symptoms as late as Feb. 14.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. If you have been to any of the listed locations health officials say to keep an eye out for symptoms.

Anyone who suspects that they may be infected is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency room.

Measles are a highly contagious disease and special arrangements can be made to limit the amount of possible contamination, according to the department.

The disease is easily spread through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.

People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Officials say if you have been vaccinated for measles than your risk of getting the illness is practically zero. 

More information about measles can be found on the Department of Health's website.

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