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Health officials in Virginia issued an alert Friday for possible exposure to measles this week at Dulles International Airport and several other places in Northern Virginia.
The state health department said it was acting “out of an abundance of caution” in issuing the notice.
At Dulles, health officials said, possible exposure might have occurred in these locations at these times: the corridor from Gate C4 to mobile lounge docks, the International Arrivals Building and the main terminal’s baggage claim area, on Sunday between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Also listed were Kabob Palace, on S. Eads Street in Arlington, between 9 p.m. Sunday and 1 a.m. Monday, and the Greenhouse Grill on Gallows Road in Fairfax County on Monday between noon and 3 p.m.
Another site of possible exposure was listed as the Residence Inn on Gatehouse Road in the Falls Church area — on Sunday from 11 p.m. to midnight, all day Monday and Tuesday, and from midnight to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
In addition, the health department said possible exposure may have occurred at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s emergency department, including the waiting area, from 8 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday, and from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Highly contagious, measles spreads “through coughing, sneezing, and contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected individual,” health officials said in a news release.
According to the release, there are typically two stages of symptoms. The first includes a fever of more than 101 degrees, coughing, runny nose and watery red eyes. In the second stage, starting after three to seven days, “a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.”
Those who have neither had measles nor been vaccinated may be at risk of contracting it from the possible Northern Virginia exposure, the health officials said.