Health officials have notified travelers who were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Christmas Eve that they might have measles.
According to the New Jersey Health Department, an international traveler – who was confirmed to have the disease – arrived at Terminal B on a flight from Brussels. The leaflets, which are highly contagious, may also travel to other parts of Newark Airport between 12pm. and 4 pm
Officials have told people that it takes until January 14 to develop symptoms of measles, including rashes, high fever, and runny nose. In rare cases, this disease can be life-threatening and unvaccinated individuals have the highest risk of infection.
The disease easily spreads through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, and people can also get sick if they come into contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, reports CBS News.
It is strongly recommended that those who believe that they have been exposed to call their doctor before entering or visiting the emergency room to prevent further spread.
Ocean County in New Jersey has had a measles outbreak that has continually affected 33 people, but is not related to airport exposure, according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.
Christina Tan, New Jersey state epidemiologist urges all residents to keep up with the latest developments with vaccines and immunizations.
"Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also protects other people around you who are too young to get vaccines or cannot accept it for medical reasons," Tan said in a statement. "If you plan international travel, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or teens who are not sure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling."