State Dept. of Health warns PATH riders about Jersey City measles exposure


The New Jersey Department of Health is warning PATH riders/Hudson County residents about multiple locations that may have been exposed to measles in Jersey City.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The state DOH has confirmed a case of measles, which is highly contagious, in a Hudson County adult male who may have exposed individuals at several public places in Jersey City between January 16 and January 24, they announced in a news release.

The individual acquired measles while traveling abroad and is recovering at home.

The DOH recommends that anyone who visited the locations during the dates/times listed below, contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.

An individual who may have been exposed could develop symptoms as late as February 14, 2017. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

“Two doses of measles vaccine is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles,” Dr. Christina Tan, the state epidemiologist, said in a statement.

“We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. 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.

Locations of potential exposure include:

• Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306:
January 20-January 21, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
January 22, between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

• PATH Stations: Journal Square and Newport AND PATH Train: Journal Square – 33rd St:
January 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
January 17, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

•Newport Tower, 525 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
January 17, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
January 18, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

•Newport Mall, 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310
January 17, between 12 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

•145 Harborside, Plaza 2, Jersey City, NJ 07331
January 19, between 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• LabCorp, 600 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, 07306
January 19, between 12:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

• 600 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, 07306
January 19, between 12:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

• Duane Reade (Journal Square), 1 Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306
January 19, between 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Square 1 (Restaurant), 283 St Pauls Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
January 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The DOH is working with the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services to identify the patient’s known contacts.