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U.S. Travelers Alert: Measles Detected at Three Airports

U.S. Travelers Alert: Measles Detected at Three Airports

A patient after three days of measles infection. (Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Friday, 16 March 2018 08:09 AM

U.S. travelers at three airports were alerted after measles was detected in two passengers who came in from overseas within days of each other earlier this month.

The infected passengers reportedly landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Memphis International Airport, CBS News reported.

Measles is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat and then a rash that spreads over the body.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one case in Washtenaw County, where the University of Michigan is located. The individual landed in Detroit after return from travel abroad March 6 and was contagious upon return.

The department said anyone in the airport's customs or baggage claim in the airport's north terminal between 2 and 5 p.m. that day should seek medical attention from their primary care provider if they develop symptoms of the disease. The person in question was hospitalized and is currently recovering.

The New Jersey Department of Health reported that on March 12 an international traveler with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels and departed for Memphis from Terminal C.

The individual was a young child who was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport. New Jersey officials said people in the airport from 12:45 to 9 p.m. may have been exposed and should call a medical profession if they develop symptoms, which could develop as late as April 2.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Thursday that the child was undergoing treatment in isolation at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with measles.

Dr. Helen Morrow, health officer for the Shelby County Health Department, told the Commercial Appeal that about 75 local residents who might have been exposed to the disease either on the plane or in the hospital have been notified and are being provided "appropriate evaluation and follow-up services."

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