Possible Measles Exposures at LA International Airport

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who were at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 11 may have been exposed to the measles, the LA County Department of Public Health warned Monday.

It said that three people with measles traveled through the airport on Dec. 11 between 6:50 a.m. and noon in Terminals 4 and 5, CNN reported.

It said people who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus should monitor themselves for illness or unexplained rash for seven to 21 days, and call a healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop, CNN reported.

"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 said.

Measles can be spread through coughing and sneezing and can remain in the air for as long as two hours, CNN reported.

Up to 90% of unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles will become infected, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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