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IL officials warn of measles exposure at Chicago's Midway Airport

IL officials warn of measles exposure at Chicago's Midway Airport”

People may have been exposed to measles at Midway Airport and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital after an il resident who passed through the two locations has now been confirmed to be diagnosed with the disease.

Anyone who was at Midway between 9 p.m. Friday and midnight Saturday may have been exposed to the rare viral infection, the IDPH said.

Health officials say people at Midway Airport on February 22 between 9 p.m. and midnight may have been exposed to measles.

Measles can be spread through coughing or sneezing and is so contagious that almost everyone who comes into contact with the virus and isn't immunized will get sick.

"Measles is highly contagious", said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in the release.

Now more than ever you need to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated.

They also go on to say that if you were infected, the symptoms could develop as late as March 20th. However, people can also contract measles when they "come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person", the IDPH says. Symptoms include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes.

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 the hospital from 4:00-6:15 p.m. on Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

Measles can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis. Children should get two doses of the MMR vaccine - this is about 97 percent effective at preventing measles - according to recommendations made by the CDC. One should take the vaccination at the time to avoid such diseases.

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