Travelers at Newark Airport May Have Been Exposed to Measles
According to NJ.com, a traveler on a flight from Tel Aviv has been diagnosed with the virus. The unidentified man was reportedly traveling through Newark Liberty Terminal B on Sept. 28 and then continued on to Rockland County, New York.
The New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement that anyone traveling through the airport between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m on Sept. 28 could have been exposed to the virus. Those who are unvaccinated and were in Terminal B at the time have the highest risk, though it’s possible that the man could have traveled to other parts of the airport as well.
According to the CDC, symptoms for the measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and tiny white spots inside the mouth about two or three days after initial symptoms. The measles can also lead to more serious symptoms and even death for those with weakened immune systems.
It’s important to note that symptoms may not occur immediately. Those exposed may not even be aware that they are sick until as late as Oct. 19.
State epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan said in a statement that “two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective” in preventing the disease. But if you are unvaccinated and concerned you may have been exposed, it’s important to contact your doctor.