Possible exposure of measles reported at PHL Airport. Here's what you need to know

John McDevitt
October 11, 2019 - 3:35 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you were at Philadelphia International Airport last Wednesday or Thursday, you may have brought something extra home with you.

Pennsylvania and Philadelphia health officials are alerting the public that anyone who was at the airport on those days may have been exposed to the measles.

Health officials say someone with a suspected case of measles was in the airport on those two days and may have exposed it to other individuals.

The potential exposures occurred on:

        Oct. 2 in Terminal F from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.;
        Oct. 3 in Terminal F from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.;
        Oct. 3 in Terminal A from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.;
        and Oct. 3 at the Terminal A/B shuttle bus from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Infants less than 1 year old or people who have not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are most at risk.

"The classic signs and symptoms include a dry cough, fever, a runny nose, a sore throat, red inflamed eyes," said KYW Newsradio Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough, "and there are things called Koplik's spots, and they are tiny white spots with bluish centers that are actually found inside the mouth or the inner lining of the cheek."

If you think you may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease and you are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider or call the Pennsylvania Department of Health's toll-free hotline 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

To date, more than 1,200 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S. this year — the highest number since 1992.