Health officials report first suspected case of measles in Tehama County

Feb 3, 2015 6:54 PM by News Staff

Tehama County health officials are investigating a suspected measles case, that if confirmed would be the first North State case since a state-wide outbreak started in mid-December.

According to the Tehama County Department of Public Health, a local doctor told health officials Monday that a patient had a fever and rash, and the doctor suspected it was a case of the measles.

Tests results are expected back Wednesday, but meanwhile the patient has been quarantined inside their home. Health officials also said the patient has no recent traveling history.

The outbreak started in mid-December when at least 40 people who visited or worked at Disneyland in Orange County contracted measles. The virus has now spread to at least 92 people and spans across at least six states and into Mexico.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

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