A recent case of measles has been confirmed in a resident of Montgomery County who passed through Dulles International Airport on January 27, according to the Maryland Department of Health. The individual, who had recently traveled internationally, spent time at the airport’s international terminal between 6 and 9:30 a.m. on that specific day.
Measles, known for its high contagiousness and airborne transmission, presents symptoms including rashes, fever, runny nose, coughing, and red or watery eyes. Those who have received the measles vaccine are generally considered immune to the virus. Symptoms typically surface between 10 and 14 days after exposure, with a possible range of up to 21 days.
Individuals who suspect exposure and are displaying symptoms are urged to stay at home and seek guidance from their healthcare provider, as advised by the Virginia Department of Health. This case underscores the significance of vaccination and heightened awareness to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, especially in crowded public spaces like airports.