Person With Measles Visited LAX & Brentwood Pharmacy; Exposure Window Open

Measles Virus

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - An airline passenger with a confirmed case of measles arrived at LAX and visited a Brentwood pharmacy about a week ago, and health officials are urging people who may have been exposed to continue monitoring their health and seek medical help if they develop symptoms.

The passenger arrived at the Tom Bradley International Terminal and baggage claim between 1:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 12 while infectious, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The infectious person also visited the CVS Pharmacy at 11941 San Vicente Blvd. between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and between 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, DPH officials said.

People who were in those locations at those times should check their medical records to determine whether they are protected against measles, monitor themselves for fever and/or an unexplained rash from seven to 21 days after exposure and contact their health care provider about a potential exposure if they are pregnant, have an infant, have a weakened immune system or are not immunized, according to Dr. Muntu Davis, the county's health officer.

Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before the patient knows they have it and causes fever, cough, watery red eyes and a rash.

There were 20 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019 in addition to 14 cases among non-residents who traveled through the county, officials said. That number does not include Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments that reported cases.

In most of the cases, the patients were not immunized or did not know whether they had ever been immunized.

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