Measles

Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to the Local Health Department.

Measles is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Ninety percent of people with close contact with an infected person will get measles if they are not vaccinated. Before the measles vaccine became available, measles was a common childhood disease. Measles is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. Symptoms may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, rash. Measles can have serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and miscarriage in pregnant women. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.


Education Materials
Top ^
Disease Prevention
Top ^
Laboratory Testing and Guidance
Top ^
October-November 2018: Measles Outbreak in Ocean County

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about 11 confirmed cases of measles—a highly contagious disease— who could have possibly exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between October 13 and November 1, 2018.  These individuals developed symptoms after being exposed to an individual who acquired measles while traveling internationally. The New Jersey Department of Health is considering this to be an outbreak of measles in the community.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

  • Schul Satmar, 405 Forest Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 13- October 21 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily
    • October 28- November 1 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily
    • October 28- October 31 between 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (morning of Nov. 1)
    • November 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Eat a Pita, 116 Clifton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 15 between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • CHEMED Health Center, 1771 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 17 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • October 18 between 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • October 30 between 9:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • October 31 between 8:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    • November 1 from 10:15 p.m. to close
  • NPGS, 231 Main St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 25 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
    • October 29 between 2:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
  • Pizza Plus, 241 4th St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 28 between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Office of Dr. Eli Eilenberg, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 31 between 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
    • November 1 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Four Corners Bagel & Café, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • October 31 between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious. In the event that additional exposure locations are identified, the list above will be updated.

The Department recommends that anyone who visited any of the locations listed above during the specified dates/times should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as November 22.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

Top ^
Investigation Archive

June 2018: New Jersey Department of Health Warns Residents of Measles Case

Individual possibly exposed others to measles while in Burlington, Camden counties

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a measles case in an individual who could have possibly exposed others to the infection while in Burlington and Camden counties. The individual developed symptoms after international travel.

The Department recommends that anyone who visited the locations listed below during the specified dates/times should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Potentially exposed individuals, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as July 11. As of June 27, no additional cases associated with the exposures occurring in Burlington and Camden counties have been identified.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, watery red eyes and a rash that usually appears between three and five days after symptoms begin. The rash usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, torso, arms, legs and feet. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

If you develop symptoms of measles, the Department recommends that you call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

 Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

  •  LifeTime Mount Laurel, 3939 Church Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
    • June 12 between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
    • June 13 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • June 14 between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • June 15 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

 

  • The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1865 Harrison Ave. Camden, NJ 08105 on June 14 between 2:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

 

  • Cooper University Family & Community Medical Center in Camden, 1865 Harrison Ave. Camden, NJ, 08105 on June 14 between 2:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

 

  • Virtua Express Urgent Care - Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, Suite 108, Moorestown, NJ, 08057 on June 16 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

  • Virtua Marlton Hospital, 90 Brick Rd, Marlton, NJ, 08053 on June 17 between 8:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

Virtua is in the process of contacting those individuals who were potentially exposed at its facilities.

The Department is working with local health officials to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individual was infectious.

"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist. “We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. 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.”

“If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling,” Dr. Tan added.

Before international travel:

  • Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).
  • Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

For more information about what to do if you’ve been exposed to measles, visit the Department's measles factsheet. The CDC has additional information available here

 

May 2017: New Jersey Confirms Travel-Related Measles Case in Bergen County

Contact A Health Care Provider If You Suspect Exposure

A travel-related case of measles – a highly contagious disease – has been confirmed in a 16-year old who traveled to the United States on vacation. The person may have exposed others in New Jersey while visiting between May 12 - 15 while infectious.

People exposed to this person in New Jersey could develop symptoms as late as June 5.

The person stayed at the Ramada Rochelle Park, 375 West Passaic Street in Rochelle Park. Persons who visited the Ramada on May 12 until 11 AM on May 13 might have been exposed to measles.

The teenager was hospitalized at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and may have exposed people from 9am on May 13 until 1am on May 14; and also on May 15 from 3 to 5 pm. Persons who visited the hospital between these dates and times might have been exposed to measles.

The Valley Hospital is in the process of contacting those individuals who were potentially exposed. The Department of Health is working with local health officials to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the person was infectious. Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

People who travel internationally or who come in contact with international travelers are at particular risk for exposure to measles. Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. “A dose of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all children 12 to 15 months of age with a second shot recommended at 4 – 6 years of age,” said Assistant Commissioner Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist. “The CDC also recommends that all people 6 months of age and older who will be traveling internationally be protected against measles.”

Before international travel:

  • Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).
  • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

For more information about what to do if you’ve been exposed to measles, visit the Department's measles factsheet. The CDC has additional information available here

 

Jan 2017: Measles Case in Hudson County

The NJDOH worked with Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services to investigate a confirmed measles case in an individual who developed a rash illness on 1/19 and had recent international travel. As of 02/15/2017, no cases associated with exposures occurring in Jersey City have been identified. Persons exposed would have developed symptoms as late as 02/14/2017. While infectious, the individual potentially exposed persons while visiting the following locations at the dates and times specified:

  • Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    • January 20-January 21, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
    • January 22, between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

  • PATH Stations: Journal Square and Newport AND
    PATH Train: Journal Square - 33rd St Line
    • January 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
    • January 17, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

  • Newport Tower, 525 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
    • January 17, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    • January 19, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • January 19, between 8:25 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

  • Newport Mall, 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310
    • January 17, between 12 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • 145 Harborside, Plaza 2, Jersey City, NJ 07331
    • January 19, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

  • LabCorp, 600 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    • January 19, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
    • January 19, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

  • Duane Reade, 1 Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    • January 19, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Square 1, 283 St Pauls Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    • January 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Jan 2017: Measles Case in Passaic County

The NJDOH worked with the City of Paterson, Division of Health to investigate a second confirmed case of measles in NJ in an unvaccinated infant who developed a rash illness on 1/21 and had recent international travel. Persons exposed would have developed symptoms as late as 02/15/2017. As of 02/15/2017, no cases associated with exposures occurring in Passaic County have been identified. The Passaic County is case is unrelated to the recently reported travel-related case of measles in a Hudson County adult who also was exposed while traveling internationally. While infectious, the infant visited the following locations at the dates and times specified:

  • Emergency Department at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, 224 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470
    • January 21, between 6:53 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Pediatric Emergency Department at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, 703 Main St, Paterson, NJ 07503
    • January 23, between 6:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

 

2014-2015: U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak 

From January 1 to October 23, 2015, 189 people from 24 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles*. Most of these cases were part of a large, multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. On 01/23/2015, CDC issued a Health Advisory to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities about this multi-state outbreak and to provide guidance for healthcare providers nationwide. No new cases related to this outbreak have been reported since March 2015. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles, then visited the amusement park while infectious; however, no source was identified. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.

The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

In 2015, 3 confirmed cases of measles have been reported to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH):

  • One in a Hudson County resident, January. This case has now recovered and no additional cases associated with this Hudson County case have been reported.
  • One in a Princeton University student, February. The student has recovered and no additional cases associated with this Mercer County case have been reported.
  • One in a Middlesex County resident, May. This case has now recovered and no additional cases associated with this Middlesex County case have been reported.

None of these NJ cases had any identified connection to the measles outbreak associated with Disneyland in California.

NJDOH continues to urge providers to remain vigilant for cases of measles (consider measles in persons who present with fever and rash) and would like to remind all NJ residents, health care, and public health professionals about the importance of receiving up-to-date immunizations, especially prior to international travel.

*CDC will update this data monthly.

For more information on outbreaks, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

 

For more information on measles:

Top ^
Last Reviewed: 11/14/2018