Health officials in Ohio have alerted the public to a potential measles exposure at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Individuals present in Terminal A between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on January 27 and between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on January 29 are being warned that they may have been exposed to the virus.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is working alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health departments to identify those at risk, with the alert triggered by a Montgomery County child who was recently diagnosed with measles.
Symptoms of measles usually manifest in two stages and can start between seven and fourteen days following exposure. Initial symptoms may include a fever exceeding 101 degrees, a runny nose, red teary eyes, and a cough. The second stage usually occurs three to five days later when a rash develops initially on the face before spreading across the body.
Measles — a highly contagious virus — can prove severe, even deadly, especially for young children. The CDC recommends the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination as the best protection against infection. This incident follows a similar alert from health officials in Washington, D.C., who warned of potential measles exposure at Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last month.
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