Two More Measles Cases Confirmed in Ocean County

From Jan. 1 to October 6 this year, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 71 suspected cases of measles. So far, there have been 40 confirmed cases, and most of those affected are children.

A total of 15 schools in the county are now impacted by the new requirement.

Two more cases of measles have been confirmed in Ocean County, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

A case of measle was also confirmed in Georgetown County earlier in the year, according to Lexington Medical Center.

The infected individuals were exposed to the highly contagious viral disease while traveling overseas.

"In 2018, 124 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states and the District of Columbia".

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To counter this, the city Health Department enlisted community figures to encourage vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), including Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and Rabbi Avi Greenstein, executive director of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.

But as for the additional 15 schools, the students will be allowed to return if they get their MMR shot.

A document with information on what to do if you've been exposed to measles is available here.

Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Measles can be risky, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death. About one out of four people who get measles will be hospitalized.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. The rash usually lasts five or six days.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care.

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