Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed the exposure of measles at the LAX airport on Monday. It was confirmed that the three cases of measles were non-residential people who passed through Los Angeles International Airport, possibly exposing measles other people.
According to the Department of Public Health, terminals 4 and 5 were the locations of the patients with measles last Wednesday, December 11th around 6:50am to noon. This was the potential time frame for exposure. However, health officials have said that there is no longer any risk for lingering exposure. People who were exposed though at the time could develop symptoms as long as 21 days after the initial exposure. In this case, or in any, make sure you check all of your health records and immunizations. From this year alone, there have been 20 confirmed cases of measles of residents in the area covered by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“Public Health urges residents, especially those who travel internationally and those who have not been fully protected against measles, to get the measles immunization in order to better protect their individual health and to prevent the spread of measles to others,” the department of health said. Measles is a highly contagious disease, and with vaccinations can be prevented. Without vaccinations, up to 90% of people near an infected person will become infected according to Centers of Disease Control. This can be spread through coughing and sneezing, and can linger for up to two hours. “Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know (you) have it. The MMR immunization is a very effective measure to protect yourself and to prevent the unintentional spread of this potentially serious infection to others,” Dr. Muntu Davis of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.
It’s important to remain aware of your surroundings, and make sure that all of your medical records and immunizations are up to date. Measles is an easy thing to contract, don’t fall victim to something that is easily avoidable.