Potential measles exposure at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Potential measles exposure at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Potential measles exposure at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

The Illinois Department of Health is sending out a warning to anyone that was in Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday, January 10.

The traveler landed from an worldwide flight at terminal five and departed at terminal one.

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. However, it is entirely possible that the passenger also traveled to other areas of the facility.

According to the a href="https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html" U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention /a , there were around 120 cases of measles in 2017.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus, according to public health officials. There is no risk for travelers who were not at O'Hare that day.

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If infected, symptoms could develop as late as January 31. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. "We urge everyone to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations".

The agency added that the "majority of people who get the measles were unvaccinated".

For more information about the measles, you should contact your health care provider or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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