Passenger With Measles May Have Exposed Others at O'Hare

Maricruz Casares
Enero 15, 2018

Health agencies are now working to inform others who were inside O'Hare on January 10 that they may have been exposed.

According to the department, on January 10, the passenger arrived from an worldwide flight in Terminal 5 and departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1.

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 global 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.

"Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior vaccination or the need for vaccination, " the statement said.

Today the Illinois Department of Public Health is asking anyone who was in the airport on that day between the hours of 6:30am - 1:00pm get checked.

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Measles can cause a fever, itchy red eyes and a rash and is highly contagious. If these develop, the IDPH recommends a call to a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department.

The health department said most people are vaccinated during their childhood and are not at risk. "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".

Measles is easily spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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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