Officials at the Virginia Department of Health announced in a statement Friday that northern Virginia residents and visitors may have been exposed to measles at several locations, after individuals who were since diagnosed with the disease were reported to have been there between September 3 and September 8.
The VDH said the possible exposure to measles stem from individuals who recently traveled to the Washington area from Afghanistan. Local health officials are coordinating efforts to locate individuals who may have been exposed, according to the statement.
|Dulles International Airport||International Arrivals Building/U.S. Customs Hall||9/3 - 9/4/21||6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.|
|Dulles International Airport||Main Terminal Ticketing level||9/3 - 9/4/21||9:30 p.m. - 3 a.m.|
|Dulles International Airport||International Arrivals Building/U.S. Customs Hall||9/8/21||4:30 - 10:30 a.m.|
|Dulles International Airport||Main Terminal Ticketing level||9/8/21||8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|StoneSprings Hospital Center||Emergency Department, including waiting area||9/6/21||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|StoneSprings Hospital Center||Emergency Department, including waiting area||9/8/21||9 a.m. - 9 p.m.|
|Inova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital||Floors 1 - 9||9/7 - 9/8/21||3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|Dulles Expo Center||9/4 - 9/8/21|
|Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport||9/4 - 9/9/21|
A spokesperson for the VDH said the agency is not currently aware of any cases of community transmission of measles in relation to these incidents of exposure.
Nine possible occasions where exposure to measles may have taken place — between Sept. 3 and Sept. 8 — are listed in the announcement: four instances at Dulles International Airport, two at StoneSprings Hospital Center and one each at the Inova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital, the Dulles Expo Center and the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, respectively.
Individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of measles are urged to stay away from others and immediately contact their primary health care provider or local health department to coordinate treatment. Patients are also encouraged to contact personnel at the medical office or emergency room where they'll be undergoing treatment and notify that they were exposed to measles.
Health officials said that individuals who have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine should be fully protected against the disease. They added that individuals who have received at least one dose of a measles containing vaccine are very likely to be protected, while those that have not received a single dose of such a vaccine may be at risk for contracting the virus from exposure.Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages, VDH officials said. In the first, patients may report a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, a cough, red eyes and watery nose. In the second stage, a rash forms on the infected person's face and spreads to the rest of their body.