Possible Measles Exposure Reported At Philadelphia Airport

The potential exposure occurred at Philadelphia International Airport on October 2nd and October 3rd

Ashley Funyak
October 11, 2019 - 5:32 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine are putting citizens on alert after a possible exposure to measles at the Philadelphia International Airport.

According to a release from the Department of Health Press Office, the potential exposure occurred on October 2nd and October 3rd across multiple areas in the airport:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, Terminal F from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal F from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal A from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, Terminal A/B shuttle bus from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

“An individual with a suspected case of measles was present in the Philadelphia International Airport on two days and may have exposed many individuals,” Secretary Levine is quoted as saying in the release. “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. If you believe you might have been exposed and experience symptoms, please contact your health-care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.”

Measles can be spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with mucus or saliva of an infected person. 

Symptoms include fever, coughing, rashes and red, watery eyes. They can present themselves one to three weeks after exposure.

More than 1,200 cases of measles have been reported in the United States in 2019, 15 of which were confirmed in Pennsylvania.

More information on measles can be found at the Department of Health’s website.

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