Passengers at Chicago O'Hare airport exposed to measles

Health officials say some travelers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago have been exposed to measles after a passenger with a confirmed case of the disease arrived on an international flight on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

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

Travelers who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m may have been exposed to measles and if infected could develop symptoms as late as January 23, according to the statement.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says those who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT might have been exposed.

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Travelers who were not at O'Hare that day are not at risk, but some say they are still anxious. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery red eyes. Measles is highly contagious. Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior vaccination or the need for vaccination.

Anyone infected with the disease may see symptoms as late as January 31, they say. The disease is most easily spread through coughing and sneezing and can cause further complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis.

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".

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it's possible that symptoms may not show, for those who may have been affected by the passenger at Chicago O'Hare, until as late as January 31.

  • Ismael Montgomery