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Measles outbreak: Cases confirmed in Butte, Shasta counties

Measles cases identified in Butte and Shasta Counties are considered to be part of a cluster. Now, authorities are investigating where cases could be tied to Tehama County as well.

Posted: Mar 24, 2019 12:39 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 5:04 PM

CHICO, Calif. - There are two confirmed cases of measles in Chico and one case in Shasta County.

Both of the infected individuals in Chico are unvaccinated adults.

The Butte County Public Health Department sat down with both patients to find out where they’ve been and who they’ve been in contact with. Neither of the adults is contagious anymore.

The Esplanade House at 181 E. Shasta Ave. in Chico has been identified as a possible location for public exposure during the period from March 15 through March 19, 2019.

Individuals concerned about exposure can call (530) 353-5564 to speak with Public Health officials on Sunday, March 24 until 5 p.m. and next Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first case of measles in Shasta County was reported Saturday.

The infected woman is not from Shasta County. She got the measles from her father, who was traveling overseas.

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency has identified areas of Shasta College, Taco Bell on Old Alturas Rd. and Raley’s supermarket on Lake Boulevard as places that could have been exposed to the measles.

“We interview the patients extensively… and find out where they went and where they could have transmitted it to other people,” said Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom. 

The public contact and exposure investigation is still active. Additional exposure locations may be identified and announced in the future.

“This patient has been isolated and treated,” Ramstrom said.

Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease that spreads through the air when infected people cough or sneeze.

Action News Now sat down with Dr. Andrew Miller of Butte County Public Health to discuss the recent measles outbreak and answer questions from viewers on Facebook Live. See the video below.

Locations, dates and times of possible exposure to the virus

  • Wal-Mart on Luther Rd. in Red Bluff on March 16 from 5 - 7 p.m.

  • Raley's Supermarket on Luther Rd. in Red Bluff on March 18 around 6 - 7 p.m.

  • Taco Bell on Old Alturas Rd. in Redding on March 16 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Mar. 17 from 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Shasta College 800 Building on March 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

  • Shasta College Library on March 19 from 12 - 4:30 p.m.

  • The Esplanade House from March 15 to March 19

  • Enloe Medical Center Emergency Room on March 19 from 8:30 - 9 a.m.

  • Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club on March 18 from 7 - 9 p.m.  

The map was updated to include Enloe Medical Center Emergency Room and the Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club.  

Symptoms

Generally, symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are often followed by a rash that commonly appears on the face, along with the hairline or behind the ears. Individuals are contagious from four days before the rash starts to four days after the rash appears.

Complications of measles can include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Severe complications can be fatal. Infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for complications.

Prevent the spread of measles

The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended for immunity to measles. The first dose of MMR is given at 12 to 15 months of age. The second dose is usually given at four to six years of age. Anyone traveling internationally should ensure they have received a full measles vaccination.

Two doses of the vaccine are approximately 97 percent effective at preventing measles. MMR can be obtained through your regular medical provider or local clinic.

  • If you don’t think you’ve had an MMR vaccine or MMRV vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella/chickenpox), contact your healthcare provider for immunizations or blood tests.

  • If you think you’ve been exposed to measles, call your healthcare provider for advice.

  • If you think you have symptoms of measles or have been exposed to someone with measles, call your doctor’s office right away. Don’t go out in public, to a clinic, hospital or physician's office before calling the facility to prevent spreading the disease to others.

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