Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at LAX (Correction)

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Correction: Our initial report indicated that officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a warning for Disneyland, UCLA and Los Angeles Airport of a possible measles exposure. However, it seems only the Los Angeles County public health department has issued the measles warning, which does impact LAX, but does not impact Disneyland. Disneyland falls under the jurisdiction of the Anaheim public health department and they have not issued a warning. Inside the Magic has spoken to officials from Disneyland and we have confirmed that the traveler did not visit Disneyland.

Officials from the county Department of Public Health are warning guests to Los Angeles International Airport of possible measles exposure after it was found that a Los Angeles County resident with the disease was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport last week.

Officials say the person showed signs of measles after returning to Southern California and was at LAX on Friday from approximately 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The patient spent time at Terminal 5 and aboard a Parking-Spot Century airport shuttle.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
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The airlines found within Terminal 5 include Frontier, Hawaiian Air, JetBlue, Sun Country, Spirit, Allegiant Air, and some American Airlines flights.

If you or someone you know might have been in one of these areas around the same time of the infected Los Angeles County resident, officials ask you check your immunization records. If you have not been vaccinated, be sure to immediately contact a healthcare provider. Symptoms of the disease can appear anywhere within 10 to 21 days after initial exposure.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of measles include the following:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
  • A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another
Disneyland and LAX
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This isn’t the first time we heard of a potential measles exposure to in Southern California. In August, a female guest from New Zealand visited the west coast park and upon her return home she was diagnosed with the disease. It’s still unclear when she became aware of her illness, but it was believed that she was infected during her visit to Disneyland.

Source: Los Angeles Times 

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