Camden County man may have measles

April 28, 2011 1:42:29 PM PDT
New Jersey state health officials say a Camden County man have the measles, and they are urging anyone who came in contact with him to see their doctor or other health care provider.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services says the man may have exposed many people at a number of public locations in South Jersey between April 21 and 24.

The man had been exposed to an infected woman who recently traveled here from Italy. Europe is in the midst of a serious measles outbreak, with more than 6,500 cases reported in 33 countries so far in 2011.

Here is the list of locations the man visited, and the days and times when he was there:

April 21st:

  • The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
April 22nd:
  • The Home Depot, 2160 Route 70, West Cherry Hill, between 8 a.m. and noon.
April 23rd:
  • Kohl's, 2133 Route 38, Cherry Hill, between 6 and 9 p.m.
April 24th:
  • 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.

Officials say anyone in these areas should see a health care provider because measles can cause serious health complications.

Symptoms may develop as early as April 26th or as late as May 15th. Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Measles is easily spread through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

"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," said Dr. Christina Tan, acting deputy commissioner and state epidemiologist.

The Camden County Health Department will answer the public's questions concerning measles at their toll-free measles hotline: 1-800-999-9045. The number will be available to Camden County residents on Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.