Health officials are issuing a public health alert after an worldwide traveler with a confirmed case of measles visited Newark Liberty global Airport Monday.
- Health officials in New Jersey are warning anyone who was at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12, 2018, about possible exposure to measles, a highly contagious disease.
The passenger, a young child, is said to have come from Brussels and departed from Terminal C for Memphis.
Officials aren't sure what other sections of the airport the child may have been in.
If you were at the airport between 12:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on March 12 you may have been exposed to measles, and if infected could develop symptoms as late as April 2. If you develop symptoms of measles, the Department of Health recommends that you call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. If you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles, you risk infection.
Measles is a viral infection that can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization and death. Symptoms of measles include a cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can also cause a pregnant woman to have a miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby.
"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.