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Feb 28, 2011 3:04 PM by Sabriya Rice (CNN)

Airline passengers exposed to measles in 4 states

(CNN) -- Public health officials in four states are contacting airline passengers and employees who might have been exposed to measles in various airports last week. A 27-year-old woman who was not immunized against the disease and had recently returned from a trip overseas passed through Virginia, Maryland, Colorado and New Mexico.

CNN contacted the health departments of each state and here's what you need to know if you were traveling through:

Dulles International Airport on February 20, 2011

Loudoun County Health Department is alerting passengers who traveled through the airport on Sunday, February 20, and went through international arrivals and the main terminal baggage claim from 3:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Based on the date of exposure these passengers may develop symptoms as late as Sunday, March 13, 2011.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on February 22, 2011

The Maryland Department of Health is alerting passengers who traveled through BWI from early afternoon until around 9:00pm on Tuesday, February 22. The infected passenger passed through Gate A3 at approximately 7 p.m. on a flight to Denver, Colorado.

Denver International Airport on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is alerting people who were working or traveling through Concourse C on Tuesday, February, 22. The infected passenger arrived at Gate C39 at approximately 9 p.m. and remained in the area for several hours. Passengers and employees who were at these locations should monitor themselves for early symptoms of measles, especially fever, between March 1 and March 12.

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport on February, 22, 2011

The New Mexico Department of Health is alerting passengers who traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 2605 which departed Denver at 9:55pm and arrived at Albuquerque Sunport at approximately 11:10pm. The patient, a New Mexico resident, is currently hospitalized and is the first confirmed measles case in New Mexico since 2008.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can spread easily through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. People who have been exposed may develop symptoms including fever, a sore throat, rash or tiny white spots inside the mouth within seven to 14 days of being infected.

Vaccination has nearly eradicated the condition within the United States, but the virus kills almost 200,000 people each year around the world. For more information on measles exposure during travel, visit the CDC's Travelers' Health Yellow Book.

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