O'Hare travelers may have been exposed to measles

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The Illinois Department of Health has issued a warning for anyone that was in Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday, January 10 after a passenger tested positive for measles.

The passenger in question landed in Terminal 5 (the global terminal) then transferred to a domestic flight in Terminal 1.

Travelers who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m may have been exposed to measles and if infected could develop symptoms as late as January 23, according to the statement.

Anyone who was in the O'Hare International between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day should go see their doctor.

According to the a href="https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html" U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention /a , there were around 120 cases of measles in 2017. Anyone who was at the airport during these times is at risk of infection. Symptoms include a rash that starts on the face and neck, a high fever, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. Measles is highly contagious. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.

"We urge everyone to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations", said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden in the statement.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it's possible that symptoms may not show, for those who may have been affected by the passenger at Chicago O'Hare, until as late as January 31. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

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