The Virginia Department of Health Warns Regarding Probable Measles Exposure

by Helen Gonzales
The Virginia Department of Health Warns Regarding Probable Measles Exposure

People usually plan a trip with family and friends during the holiday season. But, sometimes it becomes hectic to travel around with a large number of people. As a number of people are excited to travel all year, the season includes passage of some unwanted guests. You might be aware that the flu season overlaps the holiday season, which makes it more complicated and hectic. But this time, it’s not just the flu attempting to gain a public eye. We have another unwanted guest aboard. On Saturday, Virginia health officials have issued a warning regarding probable measles exposure. Reportedly, the virus has affected people present at Richmond International Airport or a medical facility in December.

The VDH (Virginia Department of Health), said a measles-infected person was present at the airport and HealthVisionsMD, the hospital. Currently, officials are trying to recognize the people who may have exposed to measles. Apart from this, they have disclosed the dates, locations, and times of the probable exposure sites that are allegedly linked with diagnosed cases. As per VDH health officials, the suspect was present at the airport on 17th December, between 9:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. Even more, the time frame for Health Visions MD is on 19th December, between 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

On the other hand, the VDH has warned about measles, which is a highly infectious disease. It commonly spreads through contact with droplets from the nose, throat, or mouth of an infected person. Besides this, sneezing and coughing are major contributors to spreading measles. Usually, symptoms of measles take place in two phases. In the first one, people experience high fever, sometimes over 101 degrees. Some of the primary symptoms also include watery red eyes, cough, and a runny nose. Whereas, the second phase begins between the third or seventh day. In the beginning, rashes emerge on the face and later spread over the body.  The VDH says in the case of recently affected people, symptoms may appear as far as 11th January 2020.

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