There’s a health alert in Bergen County, NJ, and for the International Terminal (“C”) at Newark Airport regarding measles.
Apparently, one international visitor to the US was ill with the disease and exposed thousands of people to it. There is one reported case of someone catching measles from this traveler — I expect we’ll see more before this is done.
The state Department of Health recommends that anyone who visited the four locations during certain time frames contact a doctor immediately to discuss potential exposure and the risk of developing the illness. Exposed individuals could develop symptoms as late as May 23, officials said.(1)
There’s an outbreak of measles in Europe, and 440 cases have been confirmed to date in UK.(2)
So if you aren’t vaccinated for it, and you use mass transit, travel or work in an office environment where you might have passing contact with visitors from Europe, you might be in for a surprise. (Once you pass the age of 20, you will realize that most surprises aren’t good things.)
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.(3)
The joys of modern life.