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Major airport issues ‘infectious disease’ alert

New Jersey health officials have warned passengers that traveled via Newark International Airport in January that they could have been exposed to measles.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, a traveler from a foreign nation who had a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal C on Jan. 2, and then traveled to Indianapolis, CBS New York reports.

“The Department has issued a public health alert for potential measles exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport. Contact a health care provider if you suspect exposure,” the New Jersey Department of Health tweeted.

Many Were Exposed

The department later added in a statement:

If you were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m, you may have been exposed to measles, and if infected could develop symptoms as late as Jan. 23. If you develop symptoms of measles, the Department of Health recommends that you call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

Local officials are working to identify, and then notify, people who were on the same flight with the infected party.

“Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” state epidemiologist, Dr. Christina Tan, said, but added:

We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons. If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms of measles generally start seven to 14 days after the subject has been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They include high fever, red, watery eyes, cough, and a runny nose to start.

Two or three days after the initial symptoms start, tiny white dots, known as Koplik spots, could start to appear in the infected person’s mouth, according to the CDC.

In three to five days after the onset of initial symptoms, the patient will break out in a rash that usually starts as flat red spots “on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.

Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit,” the CDC writes.

After several days, the fever and rash both subside.

Anyone who believes they have been infected should contact a health official, and head to a doctor or emergency room.