Second Measles Case Confirmed In San Diego County
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Credit: Associated Press
Health officials Tuesday announced San Diego County's second confirmed measles case, involving a fully immunized person who may have exposed the public to the viral infection at a Midway District bakery and a grocery store in the Bay Terraces neighborhood.
The person — whose name, gender and age were not disclosed — was exposed to an 11-month-old infant who contracted measles earlier this month after a trip to the Philippines, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
The person could have exposed members of the public to the virus at the 85 Degree Bakery Cafe at 3361 Rosecrans St. on Aug. 15-18 from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as the Ralphs supermarket at 3011 Alta View Drive on Aug. 16 from roughly 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More exposure locations could be identified as the investigation continues, health officials said.
"If you were at any of the locations at the dates and times listed, you should watch for symptoms of measles and call your health care provider if you show any signs of developing the disease," said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county's interim deputy public health officer. "Measles is a very contagious disease that can be easily spread by coughing, sneezing or being in the same room with an infected person."
The county did not disclose if the person had been hospitalized since contracting the virus.
Measles develops one to three weeks after exposure and symptoms can include fever, cough, a runny nose and red eyes. The virus' red rash generally appears within four days of showing symptoms, but a person is considered contagious four days before developing the rash.
There is currently no treatment for measles. Health officials recommend bed rest, fluids and taking steps to control a fever for those who develop the virus. Doctors say all people over 6 months of age should be vaccinated against measles to combat its spread.
Complications from the virus — including diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia — generally afflict children 5 years old or younger and adults over age 20. Measles complications can also lead to death in younger children and adults and complications may require additional treatment.
Residents can contact the county HHSA's immunization division at 866- 358-2966 or visit sdiz.org for more information on measles, other vaccine- preventable diseases and recommended vaccinations.
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