AURORA, Colo. — Health officials have identified “several” people who may have been exposed to measles after three unvaccinated children visiting Colorado tested positive. The Tri-County Health Department says those people – who are unvaccinated themselves – may have been exposed at the Children’s Hospital Colorado emergency department.
Monday, the health department warned that people recently at the emergency department or at Denver International Airport may have been exposed to measles. The three children who tested positive visited both places. All three are from another state and had traveled to a country with an ongoing measles outbreak, according to the health department.
The people who may have been exposed at Children’s Hospital Colorado are quarantined, staying at home and monitoring for symptoms of measles. As of midday Tuesday, no additional people have contacted the health department with symptoms.
Anyone at the following locations on these dates and approximate times may have been exposed, the health department said Monday.
- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
- Denver International Airport (DEN) – Concourse A, train to baggage claim, west baggage claim, and west level 4 passenger pick up areas.: 1:15 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
- Children’s Hospital Colorado – Anschutz Campus Emergency Department, 13123 E 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045: 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Because exposure to measles happens in real time, the health department says the disease doesn’t stick to surfaces, so DIA doesn’t have to do any special cleaning.
“There really isn’t any cleaning to be done because you just worry about it being spread by the air,” said Dr. Bernadette Albanese with Tri County Health.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is overseeing any potential exposure on the plane the three children were on.
The CDC sent FOX31 the following statement via email:
“CDC is aware of 3 passengers who flew from New Zealand to LAX to Denver who after traveling were confirmed to have measles. CDC is working with the state health departments to conduct contact investigations of those flights to inform other passengers of potential measles exposure, and also working to inform relevant foreign public health authorities.”
Children’s Hospital says it is safe and that measles patients are in isolation. Additionally, staff are exercising all precautions to keep patients safe.
Anyone with questions, including general questions about measles, can contact CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Answers are available in both English and Spanish.