Texas travelers possibly exposed to measles on Southwest flights

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HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - Passengers on board at least four Southwest Airlines flights in and out of Houston may have been exposed to the measles.

According to health officials, a traveler from North Texas tested positive for the illness.

The viral infection may have spread to flights in and out of Houston Hobby Airport on August 21 and 22.

Many agencies from different jurisdictions are investigating.

The Houston Health Department says its contacting passengers on the flight who are residents of Houston and alerting them of the threat.

Southwest Airlines issued a statement saying "Our safety and security groups worked with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to support the agency’s work in reaching our customers who traveled onboard four intra-Texas flights last week with a passenger later diagnosed with measles. We’ve shared awareness of the situation and protocols with our employees who also were onboard these aircraft. Our entire fleet is subject to rigorous and regular cleaning programs"

Anyone who flew Southwest Airlines through Hobby Airport on those dates are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms, which include fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, small white spots inside the mouth, and skin rash.