Potential measles exposure at Newark Airport

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Public health officials are warning that people who were in Newark Liberty International Airport on January 2 may have been exposed to the measles. The woman was identified as an Indiana University (IU) student.

According to CBS New York, the manhole fire forced airport officials to evacuate Terminal C-1 wing around 11 a.m. local time and firefighters were quickly on the scene to get the blaze under control. New Jersey health departments are also working to notify passengers who were potentially exposed on the infected passenger's flight.

While the scale of the potential exposure is yet to be determined, all passengers who have been through the airport "between 6:30am and 5:30pm" on January 2 should stay alert.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says a transformer fire in a manhole on a restricted road outside Terminal C cut power to the building around 11:15 a.m. Emergency generators provided partial power. Symptoms include rash, cough, runny nose, high fever and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain, ) and in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Because of the infectious nature of the disease, the Department of Health said anyone who does develop symptoms of measles should call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department.

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