Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Tue June 30 2015

CDC Report: Child Contracted Measles at Airport

Impacting Travel | Tom Bastek | June 30, 2015

CDC Report: Child Contracted Measles at Airport

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This week, the Center for Disease Controls’ Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report proposed that a case of measles was transferred from a 46 year old adult to a 19 month old child at the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport. Shockingly, the report claims transmission did not happen while on a plane or in the confined space of a lavatory, but while the child was waiting at the gate.

The CDC has determined that, “Although transmission could have occurred anywhere in the airport where the child and the adult shared airspace, it most likely occurred in the gate area during the 46-minute interval between the arrival of the adult's flight and the scheduled departure of the child's flight. The airline confirmed that domestic flights board 30–45 minutes before departure, and families with children typically board first. The child's family likely would have been preparing to board near the front of the gate area when the arriving adult exited his aircraft and passed through the area.”

Apparently the child had received one of two recommended vaccinations against measles at the 12 month mark, but not the second. The vaccination status of the 46 year old was not known.

This isn’t the first time that transmission has taken place at an airport. In January 2014, four people contracted the disease while traveling through the same gate and flight at a domestic international airport. 

The CDC recommends that all persons equal to or greater than 12 months of age should receive two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine separated by at least 28 days, with the first dose administered at age of 12 months.


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