Although most Americans have been vaccinated for measles or are immune because they’ve had the disease, public health officials are concerned about those not immunized including babies.
Pregnant women and those with weakened immune system are also more at risk.
Authorities advised people who were at the airports as the measles infected traveler, should contact their doctors as soon they develop fever or other symptoms.
Potential measles exposure of so many travelers in airport terminals is a cause of concern by infectious disease specialist, Dr. William Schaffner at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
“The appropriate steps are being taken to reach out to those passengers on the plane that were in close enough proximity,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Atlanta based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.