FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
May 22, 2019 (Tarrant County, TX) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed that a traveler who passed through DFW Airport on a May 15 connecting flight has tested positive for measles. Measles is transmitted from an infectious person when they exhale or cough to others via airborne droplets. These droplets can stay in the air for some time after the infectious person leaves an area. The traveling public should be aware that exposures may have occurred at DFW airport on May 15 in the following areas and times:
Travelers need to make sure that they and their families are protected against measles. The following individuals should receive vaccine if traveling internationally or to sites of active outbreaks:
\Measles is highly contagious. The illness begins with symptoms that last for 2-4 days and includes fever (101 or higher), cough, and runny nose, and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that is red, raised, and blotchy and a fever that may spike to or over 103F. The rash begins at or on the head, typically around the hair line, and moves down the body. The rash may last for 5-6 days and may turn brown. A person with measles can make other people sick 4 days before and after their rash begins for a total of 9 days.
People who were in the areas listed above should watch for any symptoms of measles until June 5, 2019. If you become ill, PLEASE CALL your doctor’s office or healthcare facility FIRST, and tell them that you were possibly around someone with measles before entering the facility to avoid exposing other people. Stay home and away from other people, exclude yourself from any group or public setting until your doctor tells you if you have measles or not.
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