Officials confirm 12th case of measles in New Jersey county

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey health officials have confirmed another case of measles in a central New Jersey community.

The latest confirmed case brings the total to 12 in Ocean County.

Officials say the infected people may have exposed others to the disease while they were at sites in Lakewood between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7. The state health department considers this an outbreak of measles in the community.

Anyone who suspects they were exposed should call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department so special arrangements can be made for an evaluation. This also protects other people and medical staff from possible infection.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.