LAX Passenger With Measles Visited Brentwood Pharmacy Twice

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A new measles case has been confirmed at Los Angeles International Airport.

An airline passenger arrived at the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Jan. 12 while infectious, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

The person visited a CVS Pharmacy on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood, and returned again on Jan. 18, officials said in a news release, which also included the following timeframes:

  • Jan. 12: LAX international terminal and baggage claim — 1:45 to 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 13: CVS Pharmacy, 11941 San Vincente Blvd. — 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 18: CVS Pharmacy, 11941 San Vincente Blvd. — 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Health officials caution that anyone who was present at those locations at those times and either is unvaccinated or unsure of vaccination status could be at risk of contracting the highly infectious virus. That risk is of particularly high concern if the person is pregnant, an infant or someone whose immune system is weakened. Authorities are urging anyone meeting those criteria to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Anyone exposed should continue to check themselves for signs of infection — which includes fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash — from seven to 21 days after exposure.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in the world, with about 90% of unvaccinated individuals exposed to it falling ill one to three weeks later, health officials said.

Authorities say there were 20 measles cases among L.A. County residents last year and 14 cases among non-residents who traveled through the county. That was enough to declare an outbreak last year. At least three infected people traveled through LAX last year.

That does not include Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments that reported cases.

KPCC news producer Pablo Cabrera and LAist digital producer Ryan Fonseca contributed to this story.