Measles Exposure at Reagan National

Health officials warn travelers about infected passenger

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    ARLINGTON, VA - FEBRUARY 08: Travelers walk inside Reagan National Airport February 8, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The airport was partially re-opened to accommodate travelers after one of the biggest snowstorms in the history has hit the area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Hundreds of D.C. travelers might have been exposed to measles while at Reagan National Airport last week.

    A person infected with measles was in Terminal C on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    Health officials are contacting everyone who was on the plane with the infected person. However, they believe others in the airport may have also been exposed.

    Measles is spread through coughing, sneezing and any other secretions from the nose, mouth or throat.

    Symptoms sometimes take up to 3 weeks to develop.  An infected person first develops a fever of up to 101 degrees or more as well as a runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough.  Several days later, a rash appears on the face and then spreads to the whole body.

    If you think you may have been exposed to the measles, contact your doctor.

    Anyone with questions about possible exposure to measles at Reagan National Airport can call Arlington Public Health at (703) 228-2358.