Passengers at Chicago O'Hare airport exposed to measles

Health officials are warning travelers who made their way through Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month that they may have been exposed to measles.

A passenger, with a confirmed case of the disease, arrived on an global flight on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

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.

SPRINGFIELD - On January 10, 2018, a passenger on an global flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5 at Chicago O'Hare worldwide Airport and departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1.

The Department of Health confirmed that an unidentified passenger that flew into the airport from another country had tested positive for the disease.


Travelers who were not at O'Hare that day are not at risk, but some say they are still anxious. If infected, symptoms could develop as late as January 23.

The virus can be contracted through the air and symptoms such as rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes may not surface until days or weeks later. The disease is most easily spread through coughing and sneezing and can cause further complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis.

If you develop symptoms of measles, the New Jersey Department of Health recommends that you call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency room.

Local health departments say they are working to notify IL residents who may have been exposed on the ill person's flights. Although a majority of the public get routine shots in their childhood, the department is most concerned about those who have not been vaccinated as they are at high risk of infection.


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