Imported case of measles identified on airline flight into Detroit and Cedar Rapids
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Imported case of measles identified on airline flight into Detroit and Cedar Rapids

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      March 18, 2004, 12:35 EST (12:35 PM EST)


      On March 13, 2004, the Iowa Department of Health reported to CDC a case of measles in the infectious stage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The index case flew from New Delhi through the Detroit Metro Airport to Cedar Rapids Iowa on March 12th. Flight numbers: Northwest 039 from Amsterdam to Detroit, MI and Northwest 3786 from Detroit to Cedar Rapids. The Iowa Department of Health and the Michigan Department of Health have been contacting passengers to alert them to the possible exposure. On March 15, the Wayne County Health Department visited the Detroit Metro Airport to vaccinate the Customs and Border Protection personnel, airline personnel, and anyone else who was exposed.

      CDC estimates that exposures to measles in a commercial aircraft occur an average 10-12 times per year in the United States. Over the past ten years, CDC has identified only three cases of measles, which apparently resulted from exposure in a commercial aircraft.

      The case, which is now laboratory confirmed, occurred in a 19 year old male who is a US resident returning from travel to India where measles is endemic. The student not been vaccinated against measles.

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