Teen who traveled to NJ may have exposed people to measles

Posted: Updated:
ROCHELLE PARK -

A 16-year-old who traveled to the United States on vacation may have exposed some Bergen County residents to the measles, according to health officials.

The New Jersey Department of Health says that the teen, while infectious with measles, stayed at the Ramada Inn at Rochelle Park located at 375 West Passaic St. and may have exposed guests from May 12 until May 13 at 11 a.m.

The teen was also hospitalized at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and may have exposed people from 9 a.m. on May 13 until 1 a.m. on May 14 and again on May 15 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Hospital officials are working on contacting people who may have been exposed.

People who may have come into contact with the disease can develop symptoms as late as June 5, according to officials. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Measles is a highly contagious infection and anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not previously had measles is at risk. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and swelling of the brain.

Anyone who thinks that they may have been exposed to measles is asked to contact a medical professional by phone before going to a medical office or hospital. Health officials say that special arrangements can be made that won't put other people at risk.

More information about measles can be found on the New Jersey Department of Health website.

News 12 has recently updated to a brand new version of our iOS and Android apps. If you don’t have auto updates enabled on your devices, head to the App Store or Google Play Store to update to the latest version. This will ensure you keep getting up-to-date local news, traffic and weather information.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • US-Mexico border wall prototypes

    US-Mexico border wall prototypes

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA.Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA.

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA. 

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA. 

  • Your New Jersey 2017 Halloween Costumes

    Your New Jersey 2017 Halloween Costumes

    Friday, October 20 2017 3:03 PM EDT2017-10-20 19:03:05 GMT
    News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017.News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017.

    Will you be scary or fun this Halloween? Either way, News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017. Send them using the hashtag #NJHalloween on Twitter or Instagram and you may see your photos on News12.com or on air!

    Will you be scary or fun this Halloween? Either way, News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017. Send them using the hashtag #NJHalloween on Twitter or Instagram and you may see your photos on News12.com or on air!

  • New Jersey's 2017 Haunted House Guide

    New Jersey's 2017 Haunted House Guide

    Friday, October 20 2017 6:45 AM EDT2017-10-20 10:45:38 GMT

    Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Check out some of the frightening haunted houses in New Jersey.

    Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Check out some of the frightening haunted houses in New Jersey.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."