Around 150 people exposed to measles, including passengers on flight to Little Rock

Around 150 people have been exposed to measles in the Little Rock area, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. This exposure includes passengers on a flight to Little Rock as well as people in the emergency room at UAMS.

In a press release, ADH stated people on the United Airlines Flight 5314 from Chicago to Little Rock on January 10 were exposed to measles. The people in the UAMS emergency room were exposed from 4:30 p.m. on January 10 to 12:30 a.m. on January 11. People were also exposed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on January 11.

"An exposed person is very unlikely to get measles if they had laboratory confirmed illness in the past, if they have had a single measles, mumps, and rubella shot, or if they were born before 1957," ADH stated.

The incubation period for measles is usually between eight and 12 days but can be as short as five days and up to 21 days.

Symptoms of measles can be a runny nose, high fever, red eyes, rash, and coughing.

If you were on this flight or at the UAMS emergency room, you are asked to contact your doctor and be tested as soon as possible for measles.

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