New Jersey Health Department Issues Measles Alert For Camden County

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Measles cells (credit: www.CDC.gov)

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has issued a Public Health Alert after a Camden County man possibly exposed an unknown number of people to the measles.

The man visited the following locations in South Jersey while possibly contagious.

-April 21: The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
-April 22: The Home Depot, 2160 Route 70, West Cherry Hill, between 8 a.m. and noon
-April 23: Kohl’s, 2133 Route 38, Cherry Hill, between 6 and 9 p.m.
-April 24: Magnolia Nursery, 405 S. White Horse Pike, Magnolia between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Toys-R-Us, 500 New Jersey 38, Cherry Hill, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Walmart, 500 New Jersey 38, Cherry Hill, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Home Depot, 2160 Route 70, West Cherry Hill, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Lowe’s, 122 W. Oak Ave., Lawnside, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Health officials say the man contracted the disease from a woman who recently returned from a trip to Italy.

The measles is a highly contagious illness and can cause serious medical problems. If exposed, the symptoms could manifest between now and May 15th. Those symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Anyone who feels they have been exposed is asked to call their primary health care provider before going into a doctor’s office or the emergency room. Special arrangements need to be made for treatment and also to protect others.

Read the full alert from the Department of Health

The Camden County Health Department will have a Measles Hotline on Friday, April 29th from 8:30am until 4:30pm. People can call to get more information or ask questions about the infection. The number to call is (800) 999-9045.

For more information on the measles, visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/

Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio

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