Sophia Barnes

Virginia Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at Dulles Airport

Other possible exposure sites include Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Health officials in northern Virginia are warning the public about potential exposure to measles after a child contracted the illness and returned to Dulles from an international trip.

They're especially warning those who were at Dulles International Airport's Terminal A and baggage claim from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 2 that they might have been exposed.

Health officials are also looking for people who were in two other locations. Here is the complete list of when and where people could have been exposed:

  • Dulles International Airport, Terminal A and baggage claim on Sunday, June 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center Emergency Room, on Sunday, June 2 from 11 p.m. to Monday, June 3 at 4:30 a.m.
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Emergency Room, on Tuesday, June 4, from 3-5:30 p.m.

Anyone who was infected with measles during one of those periods may develop symptoms as late as June 25, 2019, officials say.

The virus is spread by coughing, sneezing and contact with droplets from an infected individual.

Symptoms typically come in two waves. First, look for a fever over 101 degrees, runny nose, red watery eyes and a cough. On the third through seventh day of symptoms, those sickened may see a face rash that spreads through the body.

Anyone who was in the areas of concern and has not been vaccinated nor diagnosed with a documented case of measles should take precautions. Contact your health department or doctor for advice. If you develop symptoms, stay away from others and call the doctor's office or emergency room before arriving.

Those who have received two doses of a measles vaccine, including the MMR, are protected. Those who received one dose are at low risk but should contact their health provider about getting a second dose.

The Virginia Department of Health says you can get more information by visiting this website or calling 571-233-7314.

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