Public Health Alert Issued for Measles Exposure at Newark Airport

By Paul Riegler on 30 December 2018
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Aircraft at Newark Airport

Aircraft at Newark Airport

Officials in New Jersey warned travelers who were at Newark Liberty International Airport on December 24 – Christmas Eve – that they might have been exposed to the measles virus and issued a public health alert.

The New Jersey Department of Health said that a passenger arriving from Brussels that day has been confirmed to have the measles, a highly contagious virus.

The agency is urging anyone who suspects he was exposed to the virus contact a physician.

“Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department,” it said on its website. “Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.”

The passenger arrived at Terminal B but is believed to have possibly traveled to other sections of the airport between the hours of noon and 4 p.m.

The disease spreads easily through the air when someone infected coughs or sneezes. Health officials said that it could take until January 14 to develop symptoms of the measles, which include a high fever, rash, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Measles can cause serious complications including pneumonia and encephalitis.

Unvaccinated individuals and those who never had the measles are the most at risk if exposed.

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