Measles Alert: Potential Exposure at Dulles and Reagan Airports Sparks Concern

CHANTILLY, Va. – Health officials in Virginia are urging travelers who recently visited Dulles International Airport or Reagan Washington National Airport to be on alert for symptoms of measles. A person who had measles after returning from international travel was present at both airports on specific dates earlier this month.

The potential exposure dates and locations are as follows: at Dulles International Airport, in the main terminal international arrivals area, on January 3 from 4 to 8 p.m., and at Reagan Washington National Airport, in Terminal A, on January 4 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Health is actively working to identify individuals who may have come into contact with the infected person, including passengers who were on specific flights. Measles is a highly contagious disease but can be prevented through vaccination. Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, watery eyes, cough, and a rash.

Health officials are advising those who have not been vaccinated for measles and think they may have been exposed to closely monitor themselves for symptoms. In the event that symptoms develop, individuals should immediately self-isolate by staying home and away from others, and contact their healthcare provider. It is recommended to call ahead before visiting a healthcare provider’s office or the emergency room to inform them of possible measles exposure and to enable them to coordinate with the health department for appropriate measures.

Measles is a serious illness that can have severe complications, especially for individuals with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and young children. It is important for anyone who may have been exposed to measles to take the necessary precautions and seek medical attention if symptoms arise.

In order to protect others and prevent further spread, health officials are urging individuals to be vigilant and follow the recommended guidelines. Updates on this developing story will be provided as more information becomes available.