Measles Exposure Possible at Five U.S. Airports

Measles Exposure Possible at Five U.S. Airports


If you traveled anytime between December 11 and December 17, the CDC is warning about possible exposure to measles. At least five U.S. airports had travelers with the measles pass through them, exposing a countless number of other people to the disease.

Measles symptoms do not generally start to appear for around 10 to 14 days from the date of exposure; therefore, some people may just now begin seeing the first signs of exposure.

Airport Exposure

According to the CDC, confirmed dates and airport locations include the Los Angeles International Airport and the Denver International Airport on December 11th. The Chicago O’Hare International Airport had confirmed infected travelers on December 12th and December 17th. Both the Richmond International Airport in Virginia and the Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Texas had possible exposure on December 17th as well.

If you were at any of these airports on the dates listed, you should be aware of the symptoms to ensure you receive the proper medical treatment so that you do not spread the virus to others.

Measles Symptoms

If you contract the measles, don’t assume it’s just a little rash. Especially for babies and young children, measles is extremely dangerous. Symptoms generally start with a very high fever and may even spike to as much as 104 degrees or more. Many people also experience a cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.

Within 2 to 3 days of the initial symptoms, tiny white spots known as Koplik spots may begin to appear inside your mouth. Between 3 and 5 days after the first symptoms, the measles rash can begin to appear. The rash consists of small raised bumps that may also appear on top of flat red spots.

These spots could become joined together as the rash spreads. While you have the rash, a high fever will likely be present as well. The measles is highly contagious, so if you believe you have been exposed or experience any signs, you should contact your doctor immediately and avoid being around others to prevent spreading the illness.

Children younger than 5, as well as adults over the age of 20, pregnant women, and anyone with compromised immune systems, are especially at risk for contracting and spreading the virus.