According to the study conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, people who were traveling through Midway Airport has been infected by the disease, measles. The department also said “An Illinois resident who was unvaccinated and infectious arrived in Concourse B of the Chicago airport on Feb. 22. People in the airport between 9 p.m. and midnight may have been exposed to the disease.” There chances of the transmission as measles is an airborne disease which can be spread through the air. Whenever an infected person sneezes or coughs then it gets transferred to the other person. If an uninfected person comes in contact with the mucus or saliva also of the infected person, then the chances of spreading the disease are always higher.
Most people are vaccinated in childhood, and higher risks are for those who do not get vaccinated, and chances are always higher for them to catch a deadly disease. “Measles is highly contagious,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in the release. “However, two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles. We urge everyone to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations, especially if you are traveling to other countries where measles is regularly found. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but it also protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or cannot receive it for medical reasons.”
According to IDPH, the disease gets deadly as, after the infection, the person does not develop any symptoms until 10-12 days and then it becomes difficult to diagnose the disease early. There are many symptoms like high fever, cough, runny nose, rash. These symptoms get worse and can lead to pneumonia and swelling of the brain. One should take the vaccination at the time to avoid such diseases.