Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Passengers at Chicago O'Hare airport exposed to measles

Passengers at Chicago O'Hare airport exposed to measles

Travelers who visited the O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday and has not been vaccinated for measles are advised to undergo testing by state health officials.

According to WGNTV, the passenger was in Terminal 1 and 5 during the day.

Officials say the passenger was at the airport around 6:30 AM to 1 PM that day.

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.

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Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus, according to public health officials.

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. If they were infected, symptoms could develop as late as the end of the month. The Department of Public Health has asked anyone who was at the airport during that time to get checked. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

In the statement, the agency said anyone else concerned about possible measles infection should "call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department". These include a rash that starts growing on the face or neck, then spreads to other parts of the body, a high fever, runny nose, coughs, and red or watery eyes.

Local health departments are working to notify IL residents who were identified as being potentially exposed on the ill person's flights.

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