Health Alert: CDC Warns Infectious Disease Outbreak Now Affecting New Jersey
It seems as if a lot of people are under the weather right now in New Jersey.
It's not surprising, as this is the time of year for it.
I went through a bout of COVID-19 early in January that had some odd new symptoms.
Luckily, it came and went within a week or so and I'm feeling a lot better.
While COVID cases are high, so are the number of flu cases in The Garden State.
The latest data from the CDC shows about half of the country reporting very high cases of influenza.
New Jersey is one of them.
So, to recap. We've got high levels of COVID-19 and the flu currently in New Jersey.
Sure, let's add a heaping helping of RSV to the mix.
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization.
What has been most concerning as of late is the outbreak of measles in New Jersey.
The World Health Organization says:
Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. It can cause severe disease, complications, and even death. Measles can affect anyone but is most common in children.
The CDC is reporting that so far in 2024, there have been a total of 9 measles cases reported by four states: Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
This has NJ schools and doctors monitoring excess coughing a sneezing, especially in children very carefully.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others against measles. The measles vaccine is a routine vaccination given to children in the United States.
New Jersey's Leading Causes of Death 2020-2021
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