IL: State Warns of Potential Measles Exposure at O'Hare

Passenger With Measles May Have Exposed Others at O'Hare

Travelers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport may have been exposed to the measles.

January 14-The Illinois Department of Public Health says people who were at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Wednesday between 6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

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

On Jan. 2, an worldwide traveler with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal C at the airport and departed for Indianapolis from a domestic terminal.

The traveler landed at Chicago O'Hare and was in multiple terminals of the airport before boarding a second flight from Chicago to Little Rock, AR, WTVG reports. This means a contaminated traveler could start exhibiting symptoms as late as January 31.




If you were in the airport, you may have been exposed to measles.

To prevent contracting measles, IDPH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden recommends two doses of vaccine for 97 percent protection. The disease is most easily spread through coughing and sneezing and can cause further complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery red eyes.

If you have the MMR vaccine, you should be protected. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, the statement said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it's possible that symptoms may not show, for those who may have been affected by the passenger at Chicago O'Hare, until as late as January 31.

New Jersey health departments are working to notify residents who could have potentially been exposed to the disease at the airport.

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