CHICAGO (WTHR) – Health officials have warned of possible exposure to measles at an airport and a Chicago hospital.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that a passenger who was diagnosed with the disease would be contagious by going to Midway Airport and then looking for a cure. at Delnor Hospital, reported NBC Chicago.
People who were at the airport between 9pm and midnight on February 22nd could have been exposed. In addition, those who were at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital from 4 pm to 6:15 pm on February 24 and 10 from 1 pm to 1 pm on February 25 could have been exposed to measles.
The health department said the biggest concern was about unvaccinated people.
"People who think they have been exposed should inform their health care provider of the protection to be adopted prior to vaccination or the need for vaccination," the department said in a statement.
Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, red or watery eyes, and may develop as late as March 20th following this last exposure. The disease can be transmitted by a cough or sneeze, or if a person comes in contact with mucus or saliva from an already infected person.
Doctors say two doses of measles vaccine are "97% effective in measles prevention".