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Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 10/ 1/2010

Possible measles exposure at National

By Eric Athas

Some people who were at Reagan National Airport Sept. 23 may have been exposed to measles, the Arlington Health Department said Friday.

The health department said it was acting out of "an abundance of caution." Highest risk travelers were already being notified, the department said.

Those who may have been exposed were people in Terminal C from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the health department said.

It said people at risk for exposure on the airplane involved have been identified and were being contacted by health officials in their localities.

The department said measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughs, sneezes and contact with nasal or oral secretions from people who were infected.

Symptoms include first fever, then a rash, and can occur as late as three weeks after exposure.

--Martin Weil

By Eric Athas  | October 1, 2010; 11:35 PM ET
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Comments

Vaccinate.

Posted by: mjp3md | October 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@mjp3md

Yeah. Measles was almost non-existent from highly developed countries until anti-vaccination propaganda caused vaccine uptake to decrease.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7819874.stm

Posted by: miskidomleka | October 2, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have the measles than autism from vaccine mercury poisoning.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 2, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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