You may have been exposed to measles if you visited the Philadelphia International Airport this month.
What We Know:
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health has warned that there’s a possibility of a viral infection being spreaded if you visited the airport this month, according to CNN.
DOH + @PHLPublicHealth are alerting public of possible exposure of measles in @PHLAirport. Potential exposures occurred on October 2 + 3. If you think you may have been exposed + have symptoms:
🏥 contact your health care provider
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— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) October 11, 2019
- “The Department of Health is working with the county and municipal health departments to notify Pennsylvanians who were on flights with the suspected case, but other individuals may have been exposed at the airport during the identified times, however, if you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal,” said Secretary of Health Rachel Levin.
- Measles is a very contagious disease and 90% of people who are not vaccinated can become infected if near an infected person. This disease is spread through coughing or sneezing.
- If you’ve received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, you are at a low risk of contracting the disease. Those most at-risk are babies who have not received the vaccine or adults who only received one dose of the vaccine.
- Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed is urged to contact their healthcare provider. There have been 15 confirmed cases of measles in Pennsylvania this year so far.
For more information on measles click here.