Measles outbreak possible in DC and Northern Virginia

Virginia public health officials are warning of a possible measles outbreak after an exposure event in the Washington, D.C., area earlier this month.

An international traveler with a confirmed case of measles visited Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, respectively.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne disease that is spread through respiratory droplets via breathing, coughing, and sneezing.

Philadelphia has been combating a measles outbreak after an infected child was sent to a daycare facility despite quarantine orders. Eight children were infected, and there have been no new cases since Jan. 8.

Delaware has also suffered a measles outbreak scare in recent days.

The Virginia Department of Health is working with those who were in contact with or near the
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