U.S. Davis Medical Center Warns of Possible Measles Outbreak in California
A child treated for measles at the University of California in Davis may have exposed nearly 200 people to the disease.
The hospital warned patients who were treated at the facility on March 25 and March 26 to "notify [their] primary health care providers of possible exposure."
This follows after a 7-year-old girl from Calaveras County was diagnosed just days before. As reported by the Sacramento Bee, she was not vaccinated.
According to the Calaveras County Health Officer Dean Kelaita, the girl was believed to be infected while abroad and traveled through the SF International Airport on her return.
Dr. Dean Blumber told NBC: "The patient came to the emergency department on March 17 and was suspected of having measles. At that time, the patient was placed in appropriate isolation."
The UC Davis letters are part of the Sacramento County Public Health Department’s investigation into whether this exposure led to other measles cases.
Infected individuals can have measles for up to 21 days before showing symptoms, but most people will start have symptoms within 12 days.
Back in March, New York state banned all unvaccinated children from public spaces after an outbreak in the state affected more than 150 people.
If you have been exposed to measles or exhibit flu-like symptoms, health officials recommend seeking immediate medical assistance.
Infected individuals can have measles for up to 21 days before showing symptoms, but most people will exhibit symptoms within 12 days.
Symptoms may include fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, skin rash, and white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek.
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