New Jersey Department of Health confirms measles case in Passaic County infant

The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed a case of the measles in a Passaic County infant.

Health officials say an unvaccinated 7-month-old baby was sickened by the virus while traveling overseas.

Officials say the baby may have exposed people between Jan. 17 and Jan. 23. The infant visited the emergency room in St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital in Wayne on Jan. 21 from 6:53 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Pediatric Emergency Department at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson on Jan. 23 from 6:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

People exposed to the virus who have not been vaccinated could develop symptoms as late as Feb. 15. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Health officials say to keep an eye out for symptoms if you have been to any of the listed locations.

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 in order to prevent further exposure.

Health officials are working to contact people who may have been exposed to the infant.

The officials say this case is not related to another case of measles in Hudson County. In that incident, a Jersey City man exposed people in several locations throughout the city, including a PATH station. That patient also contracted the illness while traveling overseas, health officials said.

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

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