You May Have Been Exposed To Measles If You Traveled Through This US Airport On Christmas Eve

If you travel through this busy U.S. airport this holiday season, you might have been exposed to a potentially dangerous contagious disease.

The CDC has just released a statement announcing that an individual infected with measles passed through New Jersey’s Newark Airport (EWR) on Christmas Eve. That’s a big deal, as measles is an extremely contagious virus – 90 percent of non-immune people will become infected if they are near an infected person.

Authorities are warning that the infected passenger flew into Terminal B on a flight from Brussels. Anyone at the Newark Airport between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on December 24, 2018 may have been exposed. As measles is an airborne virus, it can be contracted via coughs and sneezes in addition to contact with the saliva or nasal secretions of an infected individual. One does not need to have had direct interaction to be at risk. Symptoms include fever, rash, hives, coughing, a runny nose, and watery eyes.

Even more alarming, infected individuals may not begin showing signs until as late as January 14, 2019 due to the incubation period of the measles virus. This means that anyone who may have been exposed and has not received the measles/MMR vaccination should make an appointment with their doctor even if they aren’t yet showing symptoms.