Measles Exposure Reported at 5 US Airports in December

Measles Exposure Reported at 5 US Airports in December

"A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics", said Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority and medical director for Austin Public Health.

Austin Public Health Officials said it was a connecting flight, and did not know its final destination.

The health department notes that the person did not pick up bags in baggage claim and proceeded directly to a private vehicle at curbside for transport.

Health Visions MD on Thursday, December 19 from 12:30 p.m.to 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, an infected traveler passed through the gate 29 area for United Airlines between 12pm and 4pm.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Health Departments in Central Texas are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames that they may have been exposed to an individual with measles", Austin Public Health wrote in an official release.

From December 14 to December 16, that person also visited a Chipotle Mexican Grill, an H-E-B grocery store, Saam Thai restaurant, Mandola's Italian restaurant, Target and Marco's Pizza.

The agency adds that the majority of the cases occurred among people who were unvaccinated - more than 75 percent linked to NY.

Worldwide, the year so far has been even worse, with the number of measles cases that nations reported to the World Health Organization being three times higher than during the same period in 2018.

A person in Travis County, Texas, has been diagnosed with the region's first measles case for two decades, sparking an investigation into who else may have been exposed to it.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that once struck almost every child by age 15. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees; a runny nose; water; red eyes and cough.

For most people, measles is miserable but not life-threatening.

Twenty percent of people who get measles will be hospitalized, the CDC says. In particular, if you are pregnant and unimmunized or aware of your immune status, immunocompromised or an infant under 12 months of age, you/your infant may be at risk of severe illness if you develop measles from this exposure.

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