Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at Philadelphia International Airport

(Harrisburg) — The State Department of Health and Philadelphia Department of Public Health are alerting travelers who visited Philadelphia International Airport earlier this month who may have been exposed to measles.

The potential exposures occurred Oct. 2-3 in terminals F and A.  Specifically:

  • Wednesday, October 2, Terminal F from 6:30 p.m. to midnight
  • Thursday, October 3, Terminal F from 4:00 p.m. to midnight
  • Thursday, October 3, Terminal A from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 3, Terminal A/B shuttle bus from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The Department of Health says they are working to notify passengers who were on flights with the suspected case, but other individuals may have been exposed at the airport during the identified times.  If you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal according to Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

Measles is a highly contagious, but preventable disease, that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person.

So far,15 cases of measles have been confirmed in Pennsylvania in 2019.  Nationally,more than 1,200 cases have been reported this year, the greatest number in the U.S. since 1992.

For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

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