A measles case reported in Shasta County is also related to two other individuals reported in the districts of Butte and Tehama, health officials said on Sunday, Karen Ramstrom, health officer of Shasta County The illness was acquired by her father, who recently traveled abroad when he contracted the disease.
"The (measles) cases in the United States are nowadays most often affected by international travel," Ramstrom said.
She did not know the patient's vaccination history, except to say, "She has not been adequately immunized."
Health officials are trying to stem measles cases by isolating the patients and reaching everyone with one of the three people who have become known could have come in contact. Family members of those with measles were also isolated, she said.
Ramstrom said that one patient is isolated in a Shasta County health facility, but does not live in the district. She did not specifically want to find out where the other two patients came from except to say that the three cases were spread across the three counties.
Terri Fields Hosler, Healthcare Director of Shasta County, said she needed to be wary of patients' privacy by spending too much personal information about the three people and their relationship.
However, she said that Three cases constituted a "cluster," meaning that they were all in direct contact.  As the first case was reported in Shasta County last week, no new cases were identified.
Measles are a highly contagious virus * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * spreading through the air if a person is ill with the disease or sick Officials said typically appears in the face along the hairline or behind the ears and spreads to the rest of the body.] 19659006] Ramström states that the treat to provide supportive care to the patient until the disease progresses
Complications include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Officials say that serious complications can be fatal. Infants, pregnant women and immunocompromised people are at increased risk for measles complications.
To prevent the disease, two vaccinations are recommended for children starting at 12 to 15 months, authorities said.
County health officials recorded five specific times and places where the infected person visited. Anyone who may have visited these locations at the times indicated will be asked to call the area at 530-225-5591.
The locations are:
• Taco Bell at the Old Alturas Road in Redding on March 16 from 11:00 am to 4 pm and March 17 from 6 to 12 pm.
• The Raley Supermarket on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 18th between 6pm and 7pm.
• The Shasta College 800 Building on March 19 from 9:30 to 3 and 3 pm: 1 to 5 pm
• The Shasta College Library on March 19 from 12 to 4:30 pm
• The Supermarket of Raley on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 19 from 11 to 12.30 pm
Hosler These three sites are safe to visit and pose no threat to the spread of the disease.
Anyone who has the suspicion of having the disease Contacting a doctor should also contact his doctor before visiting a clinic so that the provider can make arrangements The spread of the disease, Ramstrom said.
"The real concern is for people who have been to one of these places (listed above) who are not vaccinated, and for whom we specifically recommend that they look for symptoms of measles 21 days," said Ramstrom. 19659006] "It's also important, especially if they develop symptoms, that they do not go to areas where there are many people – public gatherings, churches, concerts," she said.
In Butte County, Health Officials Want You When You Visit Esplanade House at 181 E. Shasta Ave. in Chico from 15 to 19 March.
The phone number to call in Butte County is 530-353-5564.
In Tehama County, health officials want to hear from those who have visited the following places and are concerned about contact with measles.
• Wal-Mart on Luther Street in Red Bluff on March 16 from 5pm to 7pm
• The Raley Supermarket on Luther Street in Red Bluff on March 18 at 6-7pm
The Die Calling in Tehama County is 530-527-6824.
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