An Ocean County resident infected with measles may have exposed others to the highly contagious disease at a Lakewood health center this week.
Anyone who visited the Center for Health Education Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED) at 1771 Madison Ave., Lakewood on July 10 between 1:45 and 6 p.m. may have been exposed to measles, the New Jersey Department of Health warned on Friday.
The health department asked people who visited CHEMED to call their doctor “immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.”
This latest case of measles does not appear to related to the outbreak of the disease earlier this year.
The last reported Ocean County measles case was in early May.
People who have not been vaccinated or have not had measles were at risk of getting the disease, which usually starts with symptoms including fever, coughing and a rash that usually starts on the face.
These symptoms might not develop until as late as July 31 for anyone who was possibly infected at the health center.
Measles can also cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, a swelling of the brain, and can lead to a miscarriage, premature birth or low-birth weight baby for pregnant women, the CDC said.
It can be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes and an people can get sick if they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, officials said.
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