More cases of the disease are being reported from airports in Detroit, Newark and Memphis. Here is what you should know about measles and how to tell if you’re protected. USA TODAY
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Health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles in Englewood, Newark Airport and a travel center along Route 80 in Warren County.
In unrelated incidents, two people who were sick with measles may have exposed others late last month and early this month. Symptoms could develop as late as May 23.
In Englewood, people who visited or were present at the Towne Centre at Englewood apartments, located at 20 W. Palisade Ave., between April 24 and May 2, and people who visited the Renaissance Office Center, at 15 Engle St., on April 30 between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., may have been exposed.
"If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles," a statement from the state Health Department said. "Contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness."
In addition, people were traveling through Terminal C of Newark Liberty Airport on April 30 between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., may have been exposed.
The other case involved someone who stopped briefly in the state on April 30 while on a tour bus from Niagara Falls to Washington, D.C.
In that case, anyone who was at the Columbia Travel Center (I-80 at Route 94, 2 Simpson Road) in Knowlton Township on April 30 between 9:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Is at risk.
Information from the CDC about protecting your child from measles
Measles is a highly contagious disease, spread through the air when someone sneezes or coughs or by the mucus or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
In some cases, measles can cause pneumonia and swelling of the brain. In pregnant women, measles may cause a miscarriage or a premature or low-birthweight baby.
"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said the state epidemiologist, Dr. Christina Tan.
“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. "
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