Officials Issue a Measles Warning After a Las Vegas Woman Is Diagnosed

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An adult woman who had previously been vaccinated contracted measles while traveling overseas. Now, the Southern Nevada Health District has issued a warning for those who may have been potentially exposed.

According to KTNV Las Vegas, the woman had been vaccinated but contracted measles from an infected 14-year-old while traveling abroad. Rabbi Yitz Wyne told KTNV that the woman was visiting people who “were of the family philosophy not to vaccinate.”

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The Southern Nevada Health District has advised those who are at risk of contracting measles to contact health care providers if they’ve recently visited a host of businesses around Las Vegas including Trader Joe’s, Costco, Albertson’s, and Starbucks.

Those who have had measles and those who have been previously vaccinated are considered low risk, and a blood test can determine immunity.

In other measles news, WLNY New York is reporting that New Jersey officials are worried about a potential measles outbreak at Newark Liberty International Airport after an infected passenger arrived at Terminal B on a Christmas Eve flight from Brussels. They are advising anyone at risk of contracting measles who was at the airport from noon to 4 p.m. on December 24 to contact a health care provider.

And according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal (via WLNY), “This is the second incident involving the measles in the state this year. An ongoing outbreak in Ocean County has reportedly infected 33 people.”

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Europe is currently battling a resurgence of measles as families opt out of vaccination. In 2018, there were 41,000 reported cases and 40 deaths.

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