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Person diagnosed with measles in D.C. area visited Dulles, Md. store, courthouse

A person who contracted measles outside of the U.S. flew into Dulles International Airport, and later visited a store and courthouse in Maryland. Local health officials confirmed the measles diagnosis on Wednesday. Thursday, May 24, 2018 (ABC7 photo)

A person diagnosed with measles in the D.C. area reportedly visited Dulles Airport, a Nordstrom's Rack store in Gaithersburg, and the Circuit Court of Maryland.

Health officials say the unidentified individual contracted measles outside of the U.S., but "developed symptoms" in the D.C. area. A confirmed diagnosis was received on May 23.

On May 15, the person's plane landed at Dulles Airport, and was seen in the airport's Arrivals and baggage claim area.

Two days later on May 17, the individual visited a Nordstrom's Rack in Gaithersburg. On May 18, the person appeared at the Circuit Court of Maryland located on 50 Maryland Avenue, Hearing Room 2K, Second Floor, South Tower in Rockville, Maryland.

According to officials, measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air when someone with measles coughs or sneezes (and by direct contact with infected nose or throat secretions).

Measles symptoms can appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people develop a fever over 101 degrees, a runny nose, watery 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 whole body.

Officials add some people may develop symptoms up to 21 days after exposure.

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' Disease Control Office is asking anyone with questions or concerns to call 240-777-1755 or the department's County Crisis Center after hours or weekend line at 240-777-4000.


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