O'Hare Airport Travelers May Have Been Exposed to the Measles

Henrietta Brewer
January 15, 2018

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

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

The traveler arrived in Terminal C on January 2 and left through a domestic terminal, officials with the New Jersey Department of Health said. There is no risk for travelers who were not at O'Hare that day.

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. 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.

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

Individuals who suspect that they have been exposed are encouraged by the IDPH to consult with their healthcare provider immediately.

Measles can be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Measles can cause severe health complications including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

Among the symptoms of measles are coughing, rash, high fever and red, watery eyes. "Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons". Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should contact their health care provider.

Local health departments say they are working to notify IL residents who may have been exposed on the ill person's flights.

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