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New Jersey officials are warning residents to be vigilant after eight outbreaks of fungal infections in Hunterdon County in the western part of the state.

The occurrence of a “highly contagious” viral illness was confined to a single family group associated with international travel. The New Jersey Department of Health said Tuesday..

According to the health agency, this is the fourth case in our state so far, which has not disclosed the location of the remaining three cases or whether they are part of a cluster. reported.

Officials urge New Jersey residents to be aware of the symptoms and stay up-to-date on measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations.

Symptoms that primarily affect the glands include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

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New Jersey officials are warning residents to be vigilant after eight outbreaks of fungal infections in Hunterdon County in the western part of the state. Reuters

As the disease progresses, the patient often experiences swelling on one or both sides of the face, swollen cheeks, and a soft, swollen jaw.

Inflammation can also affect the brain, testicles, ovaries, or breast tissue, which can cause anything from brain swelling to deafness and even infertility.

“As a doctor and mother, I understand what it’s like to try to keep your children and family healthy. The best way to protect you and your loved ones is to get the MMR vaccine. If you or your family haven’t gotten the vaccine, now is the time,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Kaitlan Baston said in a statement.

Children are recommended to receive two doses of MMR – the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.

A Young Man With The Flu Watches Through The Window As Other Children Play In The Snow.
Mumps is a viral infection that primarily affects the glands and symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Bettmann Archive

Teens and adults who haven’t received two MMR vaccines or don’t know their history should contact their health care provider to have their immunity levels checked, especially when traveling.

In a statement Tuesday, the New Jersey Department of Health also confirmed one case of measles in the state this year.

Reports of measles — another serious airborne disease that causes an itchy, red rash — have risen nationwide. The total number of diagnoses so far this year in the US has reached 2023.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41 cases of measles were reported in January and February, compared to 58 last year.

The operation is said to be due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted child vaccination schedules and vaccine hesitancy.

“We know there’s a lot of mistrust of vaccines, and that’s a shame,” said Dr. Kathryn Baumgarten, medical director of infection control and prevention at Ochner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. He told Time magazine last week..

“If vaccination rates continue to decline, we will see many diseases that we thought we could eliminate completely,” she added.

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