Health Department Issues Alert for Possible NOVA Measles Exposure

The Virginia Department of Health is alerting the public to a potential exposure of measles at several locations in Northern Virginia during the past week—including Dulles Airport and Stone Springs Hospital.

Three individuals diagnosed with measles recently arrived in the area from Afghanistan as part of the U.S. government’s emergency evacuation efforts. A press release states that Northern Virginia area health officials are coordinating efforts to reach people who may have come in contact with them.

Exposure may have occurred at the following places at the following times:

  • Sept. 3 and 4, Dulles Airport: in the international arrivals/U.S. customs hall from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, and the main terminal ticketing level from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.;
  • Sept. 4 to 8, Dulles Expo Center;
  • Sept. 4 to 9, Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport;
  • Sept. 6, StoneSprings Hospital: in the emergency department, including waiting area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Sept. 7 and 8, Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital: floors 1-9, 3 p.m. Sept. 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8;
  • Sept. 8, Dulles Airport: in the international arrivals/U.S. customs hall from 4:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the main terminal ticketing level from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
  • Sept. 8, StoneSprings Hospital: in the emergency department, including waiting area from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected individual. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.

According to VDH, those who have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine—either the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine or a measles only vaccine which is available in other countries—are protected and do not need to take any action.

Individuals who have received only one dose of a measles containing vaccine are very likely to be protected and the risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures is very low. However, to achieve complete immunity, contact your health care provider about getting a second vaccine dose.

Those who have never received a measles containing vaccine nor had a documented case of measles may be at risk of getting measles from this exposure. Contact your local health department or health care provider for advice.If you notice the symptoms of measles, stay home and away from others and immediately call your primary health care provider or health department to discuss further care.Call ahead before going to the medical office or the emergency roomandtell them that you were exposed to measles.

VDH is encouraging parents and guardians to make sure children are up to date on their childhood vaccinations. Measles is easily preventable through a safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the vaccination of all susceptible persons. Two doses are recommended for most individuals with the first dose given at age 12 to 15 months and the second prior to kindergarten entry, age 4 to 6 years.

Measles is common in many parts of the world, including popular tourist destinations. All persons who will be traveling internationally should be evaluated for measles immunity and vaccinated as needed. Infants too young to be vaccinated should avoid travel to areas with measles until they can be vaccinated.

Residents with additional questions about this measles investigation should contact their local health district. Contact information can be found at vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts. Those in Fairfax may call the health district at 703-246-2411. For Loudoun Health DistrictemailHealth@loudoun.gov. For more information on measles, go to vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology-fact-sheets/measles-rubeola.

6 thoughts on “Health Department Issues Alert for Possible NOVA Measles Exposure

  • 2021-09-11 at 3:57 pm
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    But,. But, But, they were all strongly vetted! Ralph and Joe told us so!
    Government isn’t in the practice of honestly. It’s deceit from top to bottom. And the American people pay the price.

  • 2021-09-11 at 10:52 pm
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    Thanks to our magnificent government, we now face Covid and measles crises! The latest crisis is completely manufactured by the incompetent Biden administration and is a result of the complete failure of the government immigration and health services screen and isolate refugees upon arrival in the USA. Well done!

  • 2021-09-12 at 12:39 pm
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    Thank you for running this news alert. I also want to commend Loudoun County School Board member Jeffrey Morse for posting a notice about this situation on his Facebook page yesterday. The last thing Loudoun County needs is a measles outbreak. Kudos to Loudoun Now & Mr. Morse for your vigilance!

  • 2021-09-12 at 5:45 pm
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    The public was told that the refugees are being vetted. Why isn’t health screening part of this process? We are already contending with tuberculosis coming over the southern border.

  • 2021-09-13 at 9:28 am
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    The Biden (D) administration has screwed up everything they have touched over the past nine months. The exit from Afghanistan might be the most dramatic and heart breaking.

    Total and absolute chaos.

    The American people deserve better leadership.

  • 2021-09-14 at 10:59 am
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    The national media previously reported that Afghans all flew to U.S. military bases around the world and were given health screenings there. Apparently, that was not true. Of course, it is impossible to tell who the bigger liar is–the Biden Administration or the mainstream media.

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