LGB warns of possible measles exposure

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The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed one case of measles in an individual who traveled through Long Beach Airport (LGB) on two separate occasions while infectious, according to city officials last week.

This person departed from LGB from Gate 11 on Saturday, March 30, at 6:40am on JetBlue flight 1136 and again departed from LGB from Gate 7 on Sunday, April 7, at 6:40am on the same flight.

Individuals present at LGB on March 30, or April 7, between 6am and 8am may be at risk of developing measles because of exposure to this traveler, LGB officials said.

Individuals who may have been exposed at LGB on April 7, and have not exhibited symptoms by April 28, will no longer be considered at risk of acquiring measles, officials added.

There is currently no ongoing risk related to measles at LGB. Only those who were present at the airport during the specific times stated may be at risk of developing the disease.

“Given the recent increase of measles cases both nationally and globally, the best way to protect against becoming infected is by getting immunized,” said Anissa Davis, Long Beach City Health Officer. “Talk to your provider to make sure you are up to date with your measles vaccinations. People who may have been exposed to measles and have not been immunized may receive measles immunization to protect against becoming infected in the future.”

For more information on measles, visit longbeach.gov/measles.