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August 30, 2013

Person with measles visited Indy airport on Aug. 22

INDIANAPOLIS — A Monroe County resident with a confirmed case of measles visited Indianapolis International Airport while infectious, Indiana health officials said Thursday.

People who visited the airport on Sunday and develop symptoms of measles should stay home and call their health care provider, the Indiana State Department of Health said.

People who contract secondary cases of measles would begin experiencing symptoms such as rash, fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes by Sept. 12, it said.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. While rare in the U.S. because of the widespread availability of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected before or during travel.

The Monroe County patient became infected while overseas, the health department said.

A Texas megachurch has been linked to at least 21 cases of measles this month. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth.

The new Indiana case is the second confirmed in Monroe County this year. A student at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus was confirmed to have the disease in March.

Measles can spread when infected persons sneeze or cough, spraying droplets into the air. Those droplets remain active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to two hours. Measles is particularly dangerous for children and can be deadly in rare cases.

A measles outbreak early last year in central Indiana’s Boone and Hamilton counties affected at least 16 people.

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