Confirmed Measles Exposure at Chicago’s Midway Airport
I'm not going to jump on my "vaccinate your kids" soap box right now, but health scares like this are avoidable...just sayin'.
The Illinois Department of Health is warning that an Illinois resident with a CONFIRMED case of Measles was at the Midway Airport on February 22, 2019, and that anyone who has not gotten the Measles vaccination needs to be alarmed.
According to the IDPH website;
On February 22, 2019, an Illinois resident with a now confirmed diagnosis of measles was on a flight that arrived in Concourse B at Chicago Midway Airport. The passenger was unvaccinated and infectious on that day. IDPH, along with local health departments, is investigating this isolated case.
People may have been exposed to measles if they were at Midway Airport on February 22, 2019 between 9 pm and midnight. This individual also sought treatment in the emergency department at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital on February 24, 2019. People who were in the emergency department between 11:45 am and 2:15 pm also may have been exposed, as well as individuals who were in Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital from 4:00-6:15 pm on February 24, 2019 and from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on February 25, 2019. These are the only known public locations in Illinois where exposures occurred.
If you are not vaccinated, and were exposed to the Measles, remember that you can still develop symptoms as late as March 20, 2019. Be on the lookout for a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
If you develops symptoms of the Measles. the Illinois Department of Public Health says to "call or email a health care provider BEFORE going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for your evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection."