Measles Cases Climb, Most Exposed Through International Travel

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By Jesse Sokolow on 29 April 2019
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LOS ANGELES—Officials announced that an individual who was diagnosed with the measles flew out of Los Angeles International Airport on April 1 while infectious and may have infected others.

The individual, who was not named, is believed to have been at Gate 218 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Officials are reaching out to other travelers as well as to 1,500 others who may have been exposed to the measles virus by five others with confirmed cases.

In California, public health officials said that the San Francisco bay Area has had ten confirmed cases of measles this year, adding that most of them were linked to unvaccinated adults who were exposed through international travel.

Overall, measles cases in the United States are on the rise and, on Friday, dozens of students and staff at two universities in Los Angeles were placed in quarantine because of possible exposure. The individuals who were quarantined either were not vaccinated or cannot verify that they have immunity.

The number of measles cases that have occurred in the U.S. since the beginning of the year has jumped to 626 in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.

The figure is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000, after the 667 cases reported during the calendar year 2014.

If you believe you may have been exposed to the measles, call your doctor and report this.  Your doctor can determine if you are immune to the disease based on your vaccination records, age, or laboratory evidence.  Doctors are also in a position to make arrangements to have you screened without putting others at risk and then recommend a course of action to take.

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