Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

by Noah Mcgee January 16, 2018, 0:42
Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

Passengers traveling at O'Hare Airport on January 10 may have been exposed to the measles, according to officials.

A passenger who arrived on an global flight Wednesday morning had a contagious case of measles, according to health officials.

An infected passenger arrived at the airport's Terminal 5 on Wednesday morning and departed aboard a domestic flight from Terminal 1.

Officials say anybody who was in the airport last Wednesday between 6:30 a.m. and one 1 p.m. local time may have been exposed.

The Department of Health in New Jersey said in a a href="http://www.nj.gov/health/news/2018/approved/20180112b.shtml" statement /a on January 12 that an worldwide traveler with a confirmed case of measles had arrived at Terminal C at the Newark airport on January 2 and departed for Indianapolis from a domestic terminal.

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Last week, a female college student traveling from Mumbai, India, traveling to Indianapolis International Airport by way of Newark Liberty International Airport, was confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles.

If infected, you could develop symptoms as late as January 31, 2018.

Measles can cause a fever, red itchy eyes and a rash.

"Measles is a very contagious virus, and it can hang around in the air for up to an hour or two after a person has left", said Dr. Allison Bartlett with University of Chicago Medicine.

In the statement, the agency said anyone else concerned about possible measles infection should "call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department". Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should contact their health care provider.

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