On May 1st, The San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) reported a case of the measles in San Joaquin County, the county’s first case of 2014.
According to the SJCPHS Officer, Dr. Alvaro Garza, the person was exposed while traveling internationally. There have been 59 measles cases reported statewide in 2014 as of May 2nd. The causes of these reports have varied, including contact with international visitors, Californians who weren’t immunized and got measles after traveling abroad, as well as people being exposed within the United States and the Bay Area.
“It is more important than ever for children and adults to make sure that they are either immune or have been vaccinated against the measles,” said Dr. Garza. “Measles is highly contagious and we all need to control the spread of it to others.”
Public Health staff is identifying and contacting residents who were probably exposed to the measles case to warn them of the threat.
Measles, also called rubeola, is spread person-to-person by coughs, sneezes, or sharing food and drinks. It starts with a fever that gets worse over several days, and causes cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. After a few days, a rash develops and lasts about a week. In many cases, the person will improve naturally after the rash, but in more serious cases the measles can cause diarrhea, middle ear infection, pneumonia, or a brain infection. It can also be extra dangerous for children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
For more information regarding risk of the measles virus, you can call the SJCPHS at (209) 468-3822, or by visiting their website here.
Greg Cotta filed this report.