Passengers Traveling Through This West Coast Airport May Have Been Exposed To Measles

Health officials have announced that people traveling through Los Angeles International Airport may have been exposed to measles.

A passenger with measles is known to have traveled through the airport between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on February 21, 2019. They flew into LAX on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai and departed on a flight San Antonio. The passenger is known to have moved through Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3.

Measles is a serious illness that is highly contagious and often presents as a red skin rash. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four children who get measles will be admitted to the hospital. It is caused by a virus that can linger in spaces for up to two hours after an infected person is present.

Because the symptoms of measles – including sore throat, cough, runny nose, and fever – may not present for three weeks after infection, it can be hard to track the disease. The measles vaccine is 97 percent effective against the virus, but people who have not been vaccinated against measles are highly at risk of contracting it.