The New Jersey Department of Health announced Thursday that it had identified three more locations where Ocean County residents were exposed to the measles while out and about on March 10.
The state has been on watch for cases of the "highly contagious disease" since earlier this month, declaring an official outbreak of the illness in Lakewood on March 15.
On Thursday, the Department of Health said the state has seen at least seven confirmed cases of the disease this year, five out of the Ocean County outbreak. The department has identified three new locations where folks could have been exposed to measles on March 1
- Tottini Kids Wear, 204 Clifton Ave., Lakewood (between 12 pm to 3:15 pm)
- Clover, 115 Clifton Ave, Lakewood (between 1 pm to 4 pm)
- Kidichic, 251 2nd St, Lakewood (between 1:45 pm to 5 pm)
The health department asked people who visited any of the Lakewood locations during those who were potentially exposed on March 10, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as April 8.
People who have not been vaccinated or not had measles at risk of getting the disease, which usually starts with symptoms including fever, coughing and a rash that usually starts on the face.
People can also get sick when they come into contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person and anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not been at risk if they were exposed.
Measles can also cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, and can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or low -birth weight baby for pregnant women, the CDC said.
It can be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes and people can get sick if they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, officials said.
Thursday's announcement comes just a few days after authorities identified that traveling through Terminal C at Newark airport on March 4 or March 5 could have been exposed.
A full list of locations and times where people were possibly exposed to measles within the state can be found at the Department of Health site.
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