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Passenger With Measles Flew Through Chicago's O'Hare

Passenger With Measles Flew Through Chicago's O'Hare

Last Wednesday, a passenger with a confirmed case of measles landed at O'Hare airport and boarded another plane, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Department of Health has issued a warning for anyone that was in Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday, January 10 after a passenger tested positive for measles.

The traveler landed from an worldwide flight at terminal five and departed at terminal one.

Health officials say the highest concern is for people who have not been vaccinated and were at the airport on January 10 during that window of time. The disease is highly contagious and can take up to ten days for symptoms to appear. The Indiana University student, who was traveling alone, was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport. All in all, for every 1,000 children who are exposed to the virus, one or two will die from measles.

Anyone infected with the disease may see symptoms as late as January 31, they say.

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Measles can also cause serious complications, such as pneumonia and swelling of the brain.

Among the symptoms of measles are cough, rash, high fever and red and watery eyes.

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".

New Jersey health departments are working to notify residents who could have potentially been exposed to the disease at the airport. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should contact their health care provider.


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