Five Airports Warn of Potential Measles Exposure

By Anna Breuer on 25 December 2019
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Austin-Bergstrom Airport

Health officials are warning that an unknown number of air travelers have been exposed to the measles virus after people with the highly contagious disease traveled through a minimum of five airports in recent days.

An individual with measles traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport, passing through Terminal 3 on December 12 and Terminal 1 five days later.

Other airports where exposure may have occurred include Austin-Bergstrom International, Denver International, Los Angeles International, and Richmond International.

One individual visited numerous shops and restaurants in Austin in addition to the airport including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Marco’s Pizza, and Target between December 14 and 17.

Meanwhile, over 1,276 cases of measles have been reported in 31 states so far this year.

The measles virus spreads through coughing and sneezing and can live in the air for up to two hours. Symptoms can include a high fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye, and a red, splotchy rash. The best way to protect oneself against the virus is by immunization.

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