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Potential measles exposure at Chicago Midway Airport

CHICAGO (WREX) – Public health officials say an Illinois resident with now a confirmed case of measles was at Chicago Midway Airport last month.

The flight landed in Concourse B on Feb. 22, 2019.

The passenger was unvaccinated and infectious on that day. IDPH along with local health departments are now investigating.

People may have been exposed to measles if they were at the airport Feb. 22 between 9 p,m. and midnight. This individual also sought treatment in the emergency department at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital on February 24, 2019.

People who were in the emergency department between 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. also may have been exposed, as well as individuals who were in Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. These are the only known public locations in Illinois where exposures occurred.

Most people are vaccinated routinely in childhood and are not at high risk. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated. Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior vaccination or the need for vaccination.

If infected, you could develop symptoms as late as March 20, 2019. Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. If you develop symptoms of measles, the IDPH recommends you call or email a health care provider BEFORE going to a medical office or emergency department.

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