Officials Warns for Possible Measles Exposure at Chicago Midway Airport, Illinois

Person with measles traveled to Chicago airport

Person with measles traveled to Chicago airport

A single infected passenger arrived on a flight at Midway International Airport on February 22, and people there may have been exposed to the virus between 9 p.m. and midnight.

An Illinois resident who was unvaccinated and infectious arrived in Concourse B of the Chicago airport on February 22, IDPH said in a Thursday news release. The passenger later showed up in the emergency room at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva on Sunday.

Those infected by measles may not develop symptoms for weeks.

These are the only known public locations in IL where exposures occurred.

"Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can not receive it for medical reasons", Ezike added.

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Most people are vaccinated during their childhood and are not at high risk of becoming infected with measles. If you think you have measles, you should call or email your doctor before going to their office or the emergency room. People who were in the emergency department between 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Travelers at a Chicago airport may have been exposed to measles, the highly contagious viral infection at the center of multiple outbreaks across the U.S. Children should get two doses of the MMR vaccine - this is about 97 percent effective at preventing measles - according to recommendations made by the CDC.

Measles, a respiratory disease characterized by a rash of flat red spots, can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis - swelling of the brain - and death. If an uninfected person comes in contact with the mucus or saliva also of the infected person, then the chances of spreading the disease are always higher.

The infected person was on a flight that arrived at the airport's Concourse B. Officials didn't say where the flight originated.

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