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One More Source of Air-Travel Stress: Catching the Measles

Last week, in its bulletin the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC said that a toddler traveling from India gave a Minneapolis man the disease when the two passed each other in a Chicago airport gate in April. The man was getting off a flight; the toddler and family were waiting to board the same aircraft after it was emptied and cleaned. There was no direct contact between the two, but there didn’t have to be: virus-laden droplets of moisture breathed out by a measles victim can hang in the air for up to two hours, long after the infected person has gone somewhere else.