Health officials: 14 cases of measles confirmed in Ocean County
New Jersey health officials have confirmed more cases of measles in Ocean County, bringing the total number of cases to 14.
Officials say the infected people may have exposed others to the disease while they were at sites in Lakewood between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7. The state Health Department considers this an outbreak of measles in the community.
The sites include several doctor’s office, restaurants and the Motor Vehicle Commission office in Toms River. A full list of locations where residents may have been exposed to the illness can be found at the Health Department’s website
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.
Symptoms may develop as late as Nov. 30.
Officials say that the outbreak is linked to a Lakewood resident who returned to New Jersey after a trip to Israel.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.