Denver International Airport travelers warned about possible measles exposure – USA TODAY

Denver International Airport travelers warned about possible measles exposure – USA TODAY

Denver International Airport travelers may have been exposed to measles after three passengers with confirmed cases of the viral infection traveled through the airport last week, according to a press release from the Tri-County Health Department. 

The release stated the three children, who were unvaccinated, were visiting Colorado from another state after traveling to a country with an ongoing measles outbreak.

Travelers who visited Concourse A, the train to baggage claim, west baggage claim and west level 4 passenger pick-up areas between 1:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 11 may have been exposed to the virus.

Individuals traveling on the plane with the children are being contacted directly by health officials. Anyone else who was at these locations during these times should monitor themselves and their children for symptoms.

“Symptoms of measles can begin seven to 21 days after exposure, and include a fever of 101 degrees or higher, a runny nose, red eyes and coughing,” the Tri-County Health Department statement explains. “Two to four days after the first symptoms, a red blotchy rash starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.”

The children are currently hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“I urge everyone to make sure they have gotten their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Tri-County Health Department . “Vaccination is the only way to protect yourself and the ones you love from measles.”

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned Los Angeles International Airport travelers about possible measles exposure.

The department released a Measles Exposure Advisory to warn passengers that “three non-resident measles cases … traveled through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) while infectious” on Dec. 11.

It is unclear if the cases are related.

USA TODAY has reached out to Denver International Airport for comment.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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