LAKEWOOD – The number of measles cases linked to Lakewood has risen to 18, with another 16 possible cases under investigation, according to an update from the Ocean County Health Department.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, the three most recent cases have developed when a person already infected with measles in Lakewood visited the family in Passaic while she was infectious. The last three cases come from the same household.
The cases all come from a 27 year old man, Lakewood, who had traveled to Israel and where confirmation of measles was confirmed at the end of October.
People can get measles five to 21 days after being exposed to the virus.
The literal eruption of Lakewood cases is one of many outbreaks in the New York area, including Brooklyn and Rockland County. The New York Department of Health reported 29 cases confirmed in Brooklyn since October, while 80 cases have been confirmed in Rockland County by his county health department.
The symptoms of measles are: rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red and watery eyes. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). In pregnant women, measles can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or low birth weight.
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