LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirmed one case of measles in a person who flew in and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 3 while infectious. Persons who may have been on-site at the date and time for any of the below locations, may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.
The following places were visited by the confirmed case:
– LAX Arrival on April 3, 2019:
Gate 70A, Terminal 7
Duration of time of possible exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
– LAX Departure on April 3, 2019:
B Grill by BOA Steakhouse at LAX Terminal 7 Departures
Gate 81, Terminal 8
Duration of time of possible exposure between 7:00 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.
There is no known current risk related to measles that exists at any of these venues at this time.
“Although LA County is not experiencing an outbreak, measles outbreaks are occurring nationally and internationally and exposures related to travel can occur,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “This underscores the importance for those who are not immunized against measles to get the measles immunization. With two doses of measles vaccine at about 97% effective and one dose about 93% effective, measles immunization is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.”
Individuals exposed on the flights have been contacted. Individuals who have been free of symptoms for more than 21 days (April 24, 2019) are no longer at risk.
Common symptoms of this highly contagious illness 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 by phone before going in if they develop measles symptoms.
This is the fourth nonresident case Public Health has investigated this year that traveled through LA County.
Measles immunizations are available at your healthcare provider, local pharmacy or health clinic. Public Health clinics offer no or low-cost immunizations for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. To find a nearby Public Health clinic, call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/phcenters.htm.
For more information about measles, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles or call 2-1-1.