LAX and Denver Airport Connected in Measles Exposures

LAX and Denver Airport Connected in Measles Exposures

By Madeleine Grisanzio

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local

Three children were hospitalized for measles after traveling to Denver on December 11th.

Health officials released a statement warning travelers that they are at risk of contracting the disease. A spokesperson for the CDC said the children currently receiving treatment were not vaccinated against the disease.

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Health officials announced a link between the LAX and Denver airports after cases of measles were reported in both L.A. and Denver. It was estimated that 179,000 people traveled through the Denver airport on December 11th.

The measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through coughing and sneezing. The virus can cause serious complications such as encephalitis.

The virus can live in the air or on contaminated surfaces up two hours. The CDC reports that if one person is infected, they will most likely spread it to 90% of those closest to them.

The Denver Health Department launched an investigation and will be contacting more than 100 people who they believe are exposed to the virus.

The airports that are contaminated are no longer a risk to travelers, but those who passed through the LAX and Denver airports are told to watch for signs of measles. Symptoms include fever, cough, and watery eyes.

The Measles virus was declared eliminated from the United States almost 20 years ago. Yet, in 2019 1,276 cases were confirmed in 31 states and have spread from unvaccinated communities.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz)

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