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Measles warning after infected traveler lands at Newark Airport

October 04, 2018 - 10:32 am

NEWARK, NJ (1010 WINS) -- There's a measles warning in New Jersey and Rockland County.

New Jersey health officials say an air traveler who had the measles arrived at Newark Liberty Airport from Tel Aviv on September 28, while he was still infectious.

The man then traveled to New Square in Rockland County.

Officials say anyone who was in the airport on September 28, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed.

People who were at Bais Medrash of New Square at 11 Truman Ave, the Sukkah at 766 Main Street, or the Refuah Health Center between Friday and Wednesday should also get checked out.

Measles can lead to pneumonia and encephalitis, and miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight in pregnant women.

“Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, New Jersey’s state epidemiologist. “Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons.”

Symptoms, including rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes may develop as late as October 19. Measles can be spread through coughing, sneezing, mucus, and saliva.