Another Case of Measles Confirmed at LAX

April 19, 2019 - 7:23 am

Los Angeles County health officials say they have confirmed the fourth case of measles involving someone who traveled through the county, this one centered around a passenger who flew in and out of Los Angeles International Airport.

The latest case involved a passenger who arrived at and departed from the airport on April 3.

The person arrived at Terminal 7, Gate 70A between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and departed on April 3 from Gate 81 in Terminal 8 between 7 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.

The person also visited B Grill by BOA Steakhouse in Terminal 7 before departing.

"Although LA County is not experiencing an outbreak, measles outbreaks are occurring nationally and internationally and exposures related to travel can occur,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer in a press release  from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “This underscores the importance for those who are not immunized against measles to get the measles immunization. With two doses of measles vaccine at about 97% effective and one dose about 93% effective, measles immunization is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.”

The persons exposed on the flights have been contacted. People who have been free of symptoms for more than 21 days (April 24, 2019) are no longer at risk.

Last month, there was another measles case at LAX.

Health officials say an infected person was aboard a United Airlines flight that arrived at Terminal 7 on March 5th.

The person also visited an Enterprise Rent-A-Car location on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica the next day.

-KNX 1070 and CNS