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Health Scare In The Air: Measles Catch A Plane To SoCal

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Health officials are in a hurry to determine exactly how many passenger may have been exposed to measles after an infected passenger visited 4 different airports throughout the U.S. on Feb 22.

"The infected New Mexico native traveled from London to Washington D.C. last week before boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in Baltimore two days later. She deplaned in Denver before boarding another flight to Albuquerque," reports KTLA, and the Southwest flight -- containing 138 passengers -- continued on to San Diego out of Denver.

The virus, which can linger on surfaces and in the air for up to 2 hours, puts unvaccinated travelers at risk. Measles has an incubation period of approximately 8 to 12 days, after which symptoms (fever, fatigue, red/watery eyes, cough, runny nose) can occur. Early symptoms "last an average of 3 to 4 days and will disappear 1 to 2 days before a rash appears," notes KTLA.