Possible case of measles being investigated in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY – City officials confirmed that the state Department of Health and the Jersey City Department of Health are investigating a possible case of measles in Jersey City.
The one-year-old child apparently has a recovered, but residents in the building where the baby resided have been notified, officials said.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Measles can lead to serious side effects and, in rare cases, death. Measles symptoms usually appear in 10 to 12 days, but can occur as late as 18 days after exposure. Symptoms generally appear in two stages.
Anyone who’s not vaccinated and may have been exposed to measles should contact their doctor if they show symptoms like rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. They should call ahead in order to limit exposure to anyone else in a doctor’s office or hospital.
The first measles vaccine is not given until a child is between 12 and 15 months old, state officials said.

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