First Deadly Flu and Now Measles
More people than ever in history hit the road to travel this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, and while authorities believe more than ever traveled by car, millions took to the skies and traveled via plane. That's all just fine, hope everybody had a good time.
However if you or someone you know traveled the eastern corridor of the US the New Jersey Department of Health says if you were in Newark Liberty International Airport around January 2nd, you may have been exposed to measles.
Many are suffering through or recovering from some of the worst flu the country has ever seen, now watch out here comes Measles.
And Chicago's O'Hare Airport is reporting that a passenger on a flight last Wednesday may have exposed some to measles. The Illinois Department of Public Health says there's no risk to the public at large, but anyone inside O'Hare between 6 AM and 1 PM on January 10th may have been exposed.
Both airports say international travelers were the source of the virus.
Usually considered a childhood malady, measles is highly contagious and is caused by the measles virus. Initial symptoms include high fever (104°), cough, runny nose and inflamed eyes. Then in two or three days, small white spots will appear in your mouth. Within a few days a red, flat rash will appear on the face and spread over the body. There is a measles vaccine. Typically measles is not thought of as being fatal.
If you think you've been exposed, a visit to your healthcare provider moves to the top of your to-do list.