Suspected measles case reported at Princeton University
Princeton University sent notices to students, faculty and other staff members Wednesday after an preliminary test results showed an undergraduate to have a suspected case of measles, NJ.com reported.
The student, who has recovered and is not said to be contagious, is undergoing additional tests, the results of which are expected in the coming days.
The university is not disclosing the student's identifying factors, including sex and age, due to privacy concerns, spokesman Martin Mbugua said. He did say that the student had been vaccinated for measles, NJ.com reported.
The report also states that more than 99 percent of the university's students have been vaccinated against measles, although even in rare cases, those who have had the vaccine can still contract the illness.
"Students who exhibit measles symptoms should isolate themselves and call McCosh Health Center at (609) 258-3141 during business hours or (609) 258-3139 after hours," according to NJ.com.
The Centers for Disease Control's website states that "measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing." The CDC recommends that adults and children get vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella with the MMR vaccine.
On Wednesday evening, NJ 101.5 aired a special edition of our Town Hall serieson the ongoing vaccination debate. Dr. Ted Louie, an infectious disease expert with the Medical Society of New Jersey, represented the case for vaccination. The “vaccination-choice” position was represented by Sue Collins, co-founder of the group New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice.