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Travelers at Dulles and Reagan Airports Exposed to Measles Linked to ‘International Traveler’

by Chelsea Betonie

Earlier this month, individuals traveling through Dulles and Reagan airports were potentially exposed to measles.

The source of the infection was identified as an individual who had recently traveled internationally. However, it is currently unknown whether this individual is an undocumented immigrant.

“Measles is a highly contagious illness that can spread easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes, and a cough. These symptoms usually start 7 to 14 days after being exposed,” the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement, according to Fox News.

“The second stage starts 3 to 5 days after symptoms start, when a rash begins to appear on the face and spread to the rest of the body,” the agency said. “People with measles are contagious from 4 days before the rash appears through 4 days after the rash appeared.”

Fox News reported:

Health officials in the nation’s capital are warning of a possible measles exposure Tuesday after a person with a “confirmed case” traveled through two of the busiest airports in the region while returning home from an international trip.

DC Health says the potential exposure occurred in the international arrivals area of the main terminal at Dulles International Airport between 4 and 8 p.m. on Jan. 3, then at terminal A at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport the following day from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“DC Health has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a person who traveled through DC area airports when returning from international travel,” the agency said in a statement. “While the threat of transmission is low, DC Health is notifying District residents who were at these locations about their possible exposure.”

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2 comments

Crotte January 18, 2024 - 12:36 pm

Anybody think about all the diseases crossing our southern border along with terrorists?????? Those in office are not following their oaths of office!!!!! FACT!!!!!!

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Ivan January 18, 2024 - 7:16 pm

Why are they so worried if their vaccinations actually work? Pretty obvious they don’t

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