Officials warn of measles exposure at Philadelphia airport

Officials warn of measles exposure at Philadelphia airport

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Anyone who visited Philadelphia airport on October 2 and 3 could have contracted the viral infection.

Health officials have announced that travellers who passed through Philadelphia International Airport earlier this month may have been exposed to measles.

A traveller with a suspected case of the contagious virus was in Terminal F on October 2 and 3.

The potential exposures occurred at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, Terminal F from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal F from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal A from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal A/B shuttle bus from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Passengers who shared a flight with the patient have been contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“The Department of Health is working with the county and municipal health departments to notify Pennsylvanians who were on flights with the suspected case, but other individuals may have been exposed at the airport during the identified times,” Secretary of Health Rachel Levin said in a statement.

We’re working with county + municipal health departments to notify Pennsylvanians who were on flights with the suspected case. If you have been properly immunized against #measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal. https://t.co/E6Cv90gOzj

— Dr. Rachel Levine (@SecretaryLevine) October 11, 2019

The measles virus is highly contagious to those without vaccinations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people will become infected when in contact with a patient.

Symptoms appear within one to three weeks of exposure, and include rash, high fever, cough, and red, watery eyes.