LA County health officials confirmed a measles case in a person who traveled through LAX Airport while infectious on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
The individual arrived on China Eastern flight 583 at the Tom Bradley International Airport (TBIT) Terminal B, Gate 133 on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and had a layover at Delta Airlines, Terminal 3, Gate 32, while awaiting departure on Delta flight DL 5705 on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Individuals who were at Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3 from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Thursday may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure to this traveler. Passengers assigned to select seats on Delta flight DL 5705 will be notified separately if they may have been exposed to this individual during the flight.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says individuals who were present at LAX’s TBIT Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3 on Thursday, February 21 from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., especially those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been immunized against measles, may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness.
“If you think that you or someone you know has been exposed to or has measles, contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before going in,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “People who may have been exposed to measles and who have not been immunized, may receive measles immunization and be protected from developing the disease. Getting immunized is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.”
Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure. Individuals should contact their healthcare provider if they develop measles symptoms. If exposed individuals have not developed symptoms by March 14, 2019, they are no longer considered at risk of acquiring measles from this exposure.
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