Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at Chicago Midway Airport

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Measles cases are on the rise in the U.S. and the latest scare coming from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Illinois health officials saying a passenger might have exposed people to the virus at the airport and at a Chicago-area hospital last week.

“It is excessively contagious so you can be in a room where somebody with measles had left two hours earlier and still get measles, said Clark County Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick.

On Wednesday, experts on Capitol Hill, warned lawmakers that the virus could be deadly.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said while measles has been eliminated in the U.S. Since 2000, measles is circulating in many parts of the world and importations remain a challenge.

Officials did not say where the infected person was traveling from.

But they warn that anyone at Midway Airport on Feb. 22 “may” have been exposed.

A backlash against vaccinations in the U.S., and poor health infrastructure in other places, are driving the increase in cases, according to the World Health Organization.

“A lot of people are still afraid despite all of the evidence to debunk the association with autism,” said Pediatrician Dr. Amrita Stark.

In addition to unfounded concerns that vaccines cause Autism, families are choosing not to do it because of religious or cultural beliefs.

The CDC says studies have shown that there is no link between vaccines and Autism.

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