NEWARK, N.J. – Health officials are warning people who pbaded through Newark, New Jersey, Detroit and Memphis airports this month that they may have been exposed to measles. The disease was carried by two air pbadengers from outside.
The two cases happened days apart. The first was on March 6, when a contagious pbadenger flew from an unknown location abroad to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and was then hospitalized. The second involved a young boy from Brussels who flew to Newark Liberty International Airport, then went to Memphis, where the boy was isolated.
The New Jersey Department of Health warned anyone at Terminal B or Terminal C in Newark between 2:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.
CBS News' chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jon LaPook, says measles is very contagious because it can spread through the air. But there is good news for the pbadengers.
"The measles virus only lasts two hours or less, on a surface or in the air," said Dr. LaPook.
Regarding symptoms, Dr. LaPook says it can be complicated.
"It can be like any other virus," he said. "Then you have a little sore throat or runny nose or a pink eye, then a fever, and then you can get the clbadic rash."
It also says that the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be immunized. Last year, there were 118 measles cases in the US UU., Mainly among people who were not vaccinated.
The people most at risk are children under 5 years old, people with weak immune systems and pregnant women. The vaccination rate against measles in the US UU It is around 90 percent, and if you have been vaccinated, you are 97 percent protected and do not need another booster.