Second measles scare at Chicago airport

Second measles scare at Chicago airport

CHICAGO — One other case of measles publicity has been reported at O’Hare Worldwide Airport, the second occasion there in current days. This case includes a affected person who was on the Worldwide Terminal on Jan. 9 and who might have uncovered others to the extremely contagious virus. Nonetheless, the Illinois Division of Public Well being insists there is no such thing as a outbreak, CBS Chicago stories.
“There have been two unconnected and unrelated people who traveled via O’Hare Airport, one on January ninth and one on January 10th,” stated Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Illinois Division of Public Well being. “Each of them had measles.”
Well being officers stated the affected person already was contaminated and contagious with measles upon arrival on the airport. Individuals who had been on the airport between eight:30 a.m. and midday that day might be prone to an infection.
The opposite case was reported on Sunday. That affected person arrived on the Worldwide Terminal after which boarded a home flight at Terminal 1.
In the latest case, the affected person was additionally on the Concourse Workplace Plaza within the suburb of Skokie on Jan. 10. The affected person then went to 3 well being care services between the night of Jan. 10 via the early morning of Jan. 13.
“One of many causes that we’re taking the steps to inform the general public is that the measles virus is extremely contagious. The virus can linger for as much as two hours within the air or on surfaces,” Shah stated.
Dr. Allison Bartlett of the College of Chicago echoed these issues, calling the virus “very, very contagious.”
People who find themselves thought-about to be shut contacts and most in danger, together with passengers on the inbound flight to O’Hare and others within the airport, are being contacted immediately by native well being departments. They might develop signs as late as February 1.
Signs of measles embrace rash, fever, cough, runny nostril, and purple, watery eyes. In uncommon circumstances, critical problems can develop. Shah stated most individuals have been vaccinated, however those that have not are most in danger.
“It will be important for everybody who could be vaccinated to get vaccinated, if they don’t seem to be already,” stated IDPH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden. “Getting vaccinated not solely protects you, it protects others round you who’re too younger to get the vaccine or cannot obtain it for medical causes. Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 % efficient in stopping measles.”