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Passengers at Chicago’s Midway Airport may have been exposed to measles – WTHR

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Passengers at Chicago’s Midway Airport may have been exposed to measles – WTHR

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CHICAGO (WTHR) – Health officials are warning of a possible measles exposure at a Chicago airport and hospital.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said a passenger who was diagnosed with the disease was believed to be infectious while traveling through Midway Airport, then later seeking treatment at Delnor Hospital, NBC Chicago reported.

People who were at the airport between 9 p.m. and midnight on February 22 may have been exposed. Also, those who were at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital from 4-6:15 p.m. on February 24 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on February 25 could have been exposed to the measles.

The health department said the biggest concern was with people who have not been vaccinated.

“Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior vaccination or the need for vaccination,” the department said in a statement.

Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red or watery eyes and could develop as late as March 20 from this latest exposure. The disease can be spread by a cough or sneeze, or if a person comes in contact with mucus or saliva from someone who is already infected.

Doctors say two doses of the measles vaccine are “about 97 percent effective in preventing measles.”

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