Virginia Health Department Warns Of Possible Measles Exposure

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In early December, three unvaccinated children visited two US airports after they returned home from a country with an ongoing measles outbreak.

But travelers may have also been exposed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Richmond International Airport in Virginia and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel on the importance of the measles vaccine in ending the mounting outbreak. The unidentified traveler first entered the airport through Terminal 3 on December 12, then reentered through Terminal 1 five days later.

Health officials on December 11 warned that airplane passengers who passed through Los Angeles International Airport and Denver International Airport may have been exposed to measles.

For updates, visit the link for Austin Public Health below.

On that same day, Austin Public Health reports an infected person was near a United Airlines gate at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

A Travis County resident has been diagnosed with measles for the first time since 1999, according to a press release sent Sunday from Austin Public Health. Officials said travelers may develop symptoms as late as January 11 given the date the traveler was at the airport. "An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the disease", the CDC said.

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The agency adds that the majority of the cases occurred among people who were unvaccinated - more than 75 percent linked to NY.

Outbreaks in multiple areas threatened the United States' measles elimination status, which has held for 20 years.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that once struck almost every child by age 15.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include cough, rash, fever, sore eyes and the rash generally starts on the forehead.

For most people, measles is miserable but not life-threatening. Babies and very young children are at greatest risk from measles infections, with potential complications including pneumonia and encephalitis (a swelling of the brain), as well as lifelong disability - permanent brain damage, blindness or hearing loss.

Once common, the disease is now rare since the MMR vaccine was introduced in 1963. World Health Organization and UNICEF estimate that 86% of children globally received the first dose of measles vaccine through their country's routine vaccination services in 2018, and fewer than 70% received the second recommended dose.

The vaccine is about 97 percent effective.

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