Ohio Department of Health is concerned that other people may have been exposed to someone who came down with the state’s first case of measles this year.

ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, today announced in a news release that his department is informing people that they may have been exposed to measles in Terminal A of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport during the following times on January 27, 2024, and January 29, 2024.

  • January 27 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • January 29 between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

 The department says it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and local health officials to identify people who might have been exposed, including contacting potentially exposed passengers on specific flights.

The exposure is related to the Montgomery County child infected with measles that ODH reported on Saturday.

The case involves a Montgomery County resident who was evaluated at Dayton Children's Hospital in the main campus Emergency Department at One Children's Plaza in Dayton on January 29, 2024, and January 31, 2024. 

Contacts of the patient are being notified by Public Health to assess their measles vaccination status and to provide information regarding signs and symptoms of measles, and appropriate quarantine measures.

Contacts who are not fully vaccinated for measles should be immunized with measles vaccine as soon as possible after exposure.

Measles vaccine given within 72 hours after exposure may prevent or reduce the severity of the disease.

Measles immune globulin can prevent or modify measles in a susceptible person if given within six days of exposure. The vaccine is recommended for those susceptible household contacts less than 1 year of age, pregnant women, or immunocompromised persons, for whom the risk of complications is increased.

If you were at Dayton Children's Hospital Emergency Department during the dates and times listed and have not been contacted by Public Health, please call 937-225-4508 so that your level of exposure can be determined, and we may recommend the next steps for you.

Measles is very contagious.  Children infected with measles can spread it to others, even before they have symptoms. 

The measles virus can live for up to two hours in the air after an infected person leaves the room. Nine out of 10 unvaccinated children who are exposed to measles will become infected.  Symptoms may not occur for up to 21 days after exposure to an individual who has measles.