Continuing investigation by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) into a confirmed case of measles has prompted notification of additional persons who may have been exposed.
Information obtained through the investigation indicates that persons who were in Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Thursday, March 12, between 9:30 p.m. and midnight may also have been exposed to measles, especially those persons in the lower level of the airport. These individuals should take precautions to ensure they are protected against measles, either by having documentation of 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine OR being born prior to 1957. This is the only time period of possible exposure at the airport.
Measles was identified in an international traveler to Oklahoma. The individual is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off campus. OSDH and Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) are working with the Payne County Health Department, Oklahoma State University, and local medical facilities in the investigation.
Anyone who thinks they may have been at risk of exposure should review their immunization records and contact their local county health department with any additional questions. Persons are protected if they are immunized with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine after the first birthday, or if they were born before 1957.
Persons who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms about 10 days after exposure with a range of 7-18 days. Symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes, and cough. A few days later, a rash appears starting on the face spreading to the rest of the body accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. The disease can also cause serious problems in pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. People with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the onset of the rash and until four days after the rash starts. Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine (usually given in combination with rubella and mumps, called MMR vaccine), and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at four to six years of age. If a person has not received a second dose of the vaccine between four to six years of age, the booster dose may be given at any age thereafter. Two doses of vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.