Officials confirm 3 more measles cases related Lakewood outbreak

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The number of measles cases related to an Ocean County community has grown to 18.

State health officials say three members of a Passaic family have been diagnosed with the disease. They contracted it from a person who had been infected during an outbreak in Lakewood, where 15 cases overall have been confirmed.

Officials say people who visited certain sites in Passaic may also have been exposed to the disease. Those sites include:

  • Passaic Chill Youth Drop In Center 217 Brook Ave., Passaic
    • Nov. 17 between 8:30 p.m. and midnight
  • Junior’s Kosher Deli, 215 Main Ave., Passaic
    • Nov. 18 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Rite Aid, 78 Main Ave., Passaic
    • Nov. 18 between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

RELATED: Health officials warn of possible measles exposure in Passaic County

Symptoms for anyone who was exposed may show up as late as Dec. 19.

Anyone who suspects they were exposed should call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department so special arrangements can be made for an evaluation. This also protects other people and medical staff from possible infection.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Officials say that the Lakewood outbreak is traced to a Lakewood resident who recently took an overseas trip to Israel.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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