Health officials told travelers who were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Christmas Eve that they might have been exposed to measles.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, the international traveler who had the disease confirmed arrived at Terminal B on a flight from Brussels. The flyer, which was very contagious, may also have traveled to other sections of Newark Airport between 12:00. and 4 pm
Officials told people that measles symptoms, which include rashes, fever and runny nose, may develop until January 14. In rare cases, the disease can be life-threatening, and unvaccinated people are most at risk of infection.
The disease is easily transmitted through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, and people can also get sick if they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, according to CBS News.
It is highly recommended that those who feel they have been exposed should call their doctor before entering or visiting the emergency room to prevent their further spread.
According to New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Sheriff Elnahal, there is already a constant measles outbreak in Ocean County in New Jersey, which has affected 33 people.
Dr. Christine Tan, the state epidemiologist of the state of New Jersey, encourages all residents of the country to receive regular vaccines and vaccinations.
“Vaccination not only protects you, it protects those around you who are too young to receive a vaccine or cannot receive it for medical reasons,” said Tan in a statement. “If you are planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents who are not sure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before the trip.”