Measles threat spreads across the US: Virginia reports suspected cases, urges caution for travelers

Rash caused by measles
Rash caused by measles

United States: The threat of a measles outbreak is looming upon the United States, and now, cases related to the disease are spreading across the different states of the nation. Following Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Clay County in Florida, Virginia has reported suspected measles cases.

Health authorities have recently asked people who travel via two (2) DC airports to be careful as there are high chances that they might get infected with measles, according to reports by CBS News.

In this regard, a news statement was released by the Virginia Health Department on Saturday. Through the same, the health department notified about a confirmed measles case – the person traveled through Northern Virginia following an overseas trip.

Details about the potential exposure!

According to the health authorities, it is expected that the individual was exposed to measles at Dulles International Airport between 4 pm and 8 pm on January 3 in the international arrivals area of the main terminal. Additionally, there can be a potential exposure at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Terminal A between 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm on January 4.

As per the officials, they are working tirelessly to identify anyone who can be potentially exposed to the infection. They are monitoring almost every passenger on specific flights.

The health experts stated, “Anyone who was exposed and is at risk of developing measles should watch for symptoms until January 25, 2024,” according to CBS News. Additionally, it mentioned, “If you notice the symptoms of measles, immediately isolate yourself by staying home and away from others.”

CBS News further quoted the health officials saying, “Contact your healthcare provider right away. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider’s office or the emergency room to notify them that you may have been exposed to measles and ask them to call the health department. This will help protect other patients and staff.”

A contagious infection – measles!

According to the explanation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is a contagious respiratory illness that can be transmitted from one infected person to another through an infected droplet. The infectious droplet can survive in the environment for approximately two hours.

Rashes caused by Measles

The officials noted that if a person already had measles or had a vaccine against the disease, then he/ she was safe from the infection.

The common symptoms of the infection are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes, and
  • Rash

Measles across the United States!

According to New Jersey health officials, a confirmed case was registered in Camden County. The nearby area has been under surveillance by the authorities to find out the source of the infection.

In addition to this, eight (8) cases have been confirmed in Philadelphia, according to the reports by CBS News.

Moreover, officials at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware had a complaint about potential exposure on December 29, 2023. Expectedly, as many as 20 to 30 people are infected with measles, according to the Delaware Department of Health, as per CBS News.

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