Medical professionals alert Americans to a potential “highly contagious” measles outbreak

Health experts are keeping a tight eye on potential measles outbreaks in many US states. Following many confirmed cases of the “highly contagious” sickness in at least four states, experts have issued a warning. Authorities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington are looking into possible exposure instances out of caution.

Measles cases reported in all US states

“Out of an abundance of caution, VDH is informing people who were at various locations, including Dulles International Airport on January 3, 2024, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on January 4, 2024, that they may have been exposed,” the Virginia Department of Health stated in a statement earlier this week.

As part of a coordinated effort to find anyone who may have been exposed, health officials are reaching out to potentially exposed passengers on particular flights, according to the statement.

“DC Health has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a person who travelled through DC area airports when returning from international travel,” stated a similar press release released by DC Health on Tuesday. “DC Health is informing District residents who were at these locations about their potential exposure, even though the threat of transmission is low.”

Eight cases of the measles have been confirmed in Philadelphia, according to health experts monitoring the outbreak. According to US News, the outbreak started when an infected foreign traveller came into contact with people at a hospital and daycare centre. After one confirmed case in the area, authorities in New Jersey have also begun “closely monitoring” the potential spread.

The source further states that this week, Delaware officials also revealed that, on December 29, at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, “20 to 30 people may have been exposed to measles by an infectious person.”

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