CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – A person with confirmed measles recently traveled to the Contra Costa County, and to Los Angeles County and Arizona during contagious time. The health authorities have issued warnings in all three places to prevent an outbreak.
Measles spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
"Most people have been vaccinated and are therefore not at risk of being endangered, even if they share the same interior space with an infectious person," Dr. Chris Farnitano, Health Officer of Contra Costa County. "However, residents should be aware of the situation as anyone who is exposed and not protected by a vaccine is at risk of developing measles."
While all persons who were exposed to this person in a private place such as a house have been notified, here are the public places that were visited by the infectious person:
- Aug. 1
- Aug. 14, 9 am – 11 am, Chow Restaurant, 53 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
The Conservation Ministry of Contra Costa County recommends: "Measles symptoms may start one to three weeks after exposure and include high fever, runny nose, Cough and watery red eyes.A rash develops on the face and neck two to three days after the fever begins and spreads over the body.The rash usually lasts five or six days.An infected person is several days before and after the Rash appears contagious. "
Call your doctor if you or your children show symptoms. (Get patch real-time email alerts for the latest news from your Californian neighborhood, or download the free Patch iPhone app or the free Patch Android app, and be sure to follow your local patch on Facebook! )
Your unvaccinated child may cause birth defects in an unborn child
Remember, if your child is not vaccinated and a pregnant woman is exposed to measles, her baby may have birth defects. The most common birth defects of measles, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are:
- Heart defects
- Intellectual disabilities
- Liver and spleen injuries
- Low birth weight  Rash at birth
Call your doctor, the health department, or search online on scientifically backed websites. If you have any doubts, you and your children should stay at home and not jeopardize the life or lifelong health of others.
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