People who visited Logan Airport Terminal B in Boston last July may be at risk for measles. A person with a confirmed case of measles apparently passed through the airport between 8.30 and 1
Boston officials warn of possible measles exposure at two sites visited by a measles-positive person. Measles are so contagious that 90 percent of people who are not immune to them and come into contact with a measles-positive individual get infected.
Public Health Warning
On July 27, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) sent a public warning regarding a potential exposure to measles after receiving information on a confirmed measles case. Apparently, the patient visited the Tasty Burger on Boylston Street on July 19 between 7 and 11 pm and passed through Logan Airport on July 20, between 8:30 in the morning and 2:30 in the afternoon. To the public health warning, people passing through The places mentioned at these particular times may have been exposed to the virus, and could get sick between the 26th of July and the 10th of August. It is worth noting that, even if a person did not have direct contact with the diseased person, the virus can remain in the environment for up to two hours after the patient has left.
Symptoms include runny nose, high fever, cough and red eyes, followed by red skin rashes about three to five days later. The BPHC notes that anyone suspected of having measles, immediately contact their health care providers by phone and expect further instructions.
Measles in the United States
Measles remain a common disease world in many parts of the country including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Worldwide, many people still suffer from measles, with nearly 90,000 people dying every year, most of them children.
In the United States, measles was actually eradicated in 2000 thanks to a successful vaccination program. However, measles reach the United States via unvaccinated Americans who receive the virus from other countries and return it to the country, or through travelers who pass on the disease to other unvaccinated Americans. Nevertheless, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that even if one person does not travel internationally, an unvaccinated person can still receive the virus from other people in the community.
Because of this, vaccination remains top priority When it comes to preventing the spread of measles in the country, the best protection is measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is often given to children between 12 and 15 months of age becomes. Adults may also choose to receive the vaccine if they have not been vaccinated as children or before traveling internationally.
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