The New Jersey Synagogue Congregation may have been exposed to measles after the infected person had been three times
- The unidentified New Jersey resident visited the Belz municipality in Lakewood on July 10, July 11, and July 12
- Health officials say that anyone who was in the synagogue between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on one of those days may have been exposed
- This case marks the seventeenth in New Jersey and the second in Lakewood this month
- As of Monday, the CDC has confirmed 1,164 cases of measles in 30 states
An entire synagogue congregation in New Jersey may have been exposed to measles, health officials warn.
The unknown person visited the Belz Congregation in Lakewood on July 10, July 11, and July 12, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
Officials said in one release that someone was in the synagogue on those days between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. possibly exposed to the highly contagious disease.
It is possible that someone who was infected in Belz Congregation will not develop symptoms until 2 August.
This is the 17th confirmed case in New Jersey in 2019 and comes as the largest measles outbreak in the US since 1992 and continues to sweep the nation.
Health officials say that a New Jersey resident who contracted measles has visited the Belz congregation in Lakewood three times, potentially exposing the entire synagogue to the infectious disease (file image)
Currently, the state health department and the Ocean County health department are working on identifying and informing people who may have been exposed during the time the individual was contagious.
State epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan added in a statement: & # 39; Anyone who has not been vaccinated or who has not had measles is at risk if exposed. & # 39;
This is the second case of measles reported in Lakewood last month.
Less than three weeks ago, health officials warned that anyone who visited the Center for Health Education Medicine and Dentistry on July 10 between 1.45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Starting Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 1,164 cases in 30 states.
If the outbreak lasts more than a year – meaning it will continue until October 2019 – the US will lose their elimination status and become a country with & # 39; active & # 39; the measles.
Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus.
When someone with measles coughs, sneezes or talks, infected drops are injected into the air, where other people can inhale them and then get infected.
Symptoms occur between 10 and 14 days after infection and include fever, cough, runny nose, and skin rashes throughout the body.
For most people, measles is miserable, but not life threatening. A small proportion of people become much more ill and may suffer from complications such as pneumonia and swelling of the brain.
In addition, measles can cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely.
Once occurring, the disease is now rare since the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) was introduced in 1963.
The CDC recommends that children receive the first dose from 12 to 15 months old and the second dose from four to six years old.
The vaccine is approximately 97 percent effective. But those who are not vaccinated have a 90 percent chance of catching measles if they breathe the virus, according to the CDC.
Before the measles vaccine became available, more than 500,000 cases were diagnosed in the US each year, with around 500 deaths each year.
Because measles was considered eradicated in 2000, the largest number of cases in 2014 occurred at 667.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in January, the number of measles cases worldwide has increased by 30 percent.
The WHO also revealed that nearly 83,000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in ten years.
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