Washington state health officials have issued a warning about a possibility of exposure to measles virus to the people who have been to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this month. It is said that a passenger who visited the airport is confirmed with be carrying the measles virus.
Measles is a highly contagious disease which can be easily spread air-borne, sneezing or coughing. The passenger who was suffering from measles visited the airport on September 6 and it is said that he was in a contagious state.
In a statement released through press release, Public Health -Seattle & King County said “The traveller was likely exposed to measles outside of the United States.”
The infected passenger walked through the airport’s north satellite terminal to baggage claim through inter-terminal train. The passenger has also dined at a restaurant at the Courtyard Seattle Federal Way hotel.
The incubation period of measles virus usually varies between 8 to 15 days. Measles symptoms will start showing up depending on the severity of the infection and ranges between 7 to 21 days. The officials said that those people who are at risk might start showing symptoms between September 13 to September 27.
People who got infected with measles may start showing symptoms like fever, watery eyes, runny nose, respiratory related issues and most importantly the characteristic koplik spots on the tongue.
The officials have advised the people who believe they could be at risk to request immediate medical attention. The health officials has also advised the people not to visit their regular clinics of Doctors for checkups as there is a possibility that the virus can spread to others while they are out. Thus those who wish to receive medical attention are advised to call for an in-house health check-up or inform the clinics regarding your measles symptoms on call before visiting the Doctor, so that appropriate measures can be taken to prevent any more possible spread of measles viral infection.
Pregnant women, infants under 6 months of age and people who are not vaccinated for measles are at more risk of suffering from the virus.