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Panic over measles outbreaks at airports in Detroit, Memphis and Newark

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Officials warn that people who visited airports in Detroit, Newark and Memphis may have been exposed to the measlesThey say two international travelers diagnosed with the respiratory illness passed through these airports on March 6 and March 12 People who aren't vaccinated against the measles have a high risk of developing symptoms as late as April 2Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through coughing and sneezing, and touching a contaminated objectThe respiratory illness can be deadly in children younger than 5 years old

Thousands of people have been exposed to measles at airports in Detroit, New Jersey and Memphis. 

Officials confirmed this week that two international travelers with the viral infection passed through the Detroit Metropolitan airport, Memphis International Airport and the Newark Liberty International airport.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, there's a 90 percent chance that someone close to that person who has not been vaccinated against the illness will catch it too.

Symptoms usually take seven to 14 days to develop, and officials are urging passengers to be vigilant over a possible measles outbreak.

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