Estimated 150 people exposed to measles in Arkansas case

The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed a travel-related case of measles at UAMS in Little Rock last week. (MGN Photo)

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has identified an estimated 150 people who were exposed to measles after a case was reported in Little Rock.

The travel-related case was confirmed at UAMS last week.

ADH now says passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 from Chicago to Little Rock on Jan. 10 were also exposed to the disease, along with people in the UAMS emergency department between Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m. to Jan. 11 at 12:30 a.m. or on Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

According to health officials, an exposed person is unlikely to get the measles if they have had a laboratory-confirmed illness in the past, if they have had a single MMR shot, or if they were born before 1957 (when all children were thought to have been exposed to measles). Health care workers are expected to have two MMR doses.

ADH says the incubation period, or time from the exposure of measles to the development of symptoms, can range from as short as five days to as long as 21 days. Health care providers will be on the lookout for cases at least through Feb. 1 and possibly longer if any secondary cases are reported.

Symptoms of measles include a runny nose, high fever, red eyes, rash, and cough.

People who were on the flight or in the UAMS emergency department at the time of the exposure should contact their doctor.

Anyone with symptoms consistent with measles should also be tested, according to ADH.

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