REDDING, Calif. - One person in Shasta County has contracted the measles.
Shasta County Public Health said the patient is currently being isolated from others to prevent the spread of the highly contagious measles virus.
The Health Department is reaching out to everyone the person has been in contact with for the past eight days.
They want to talk to anyone who was working at or was visiting the following locations over the past eight days, during the contagious period.
- Taco Bell on Old Alturas Rd. in Redding on March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 17 from 6 a.m. to noon.
- The Raley’s Supermarket on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 18 around 6 to 7 p.m.
- The Shasta College 800 Building on March 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m.
- The Shasta College Library on March 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m.
- The Raley’s Supermarket on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you were at these locations during these times, you are asked to call Shasta County Public Health at (530) 225-5591. They will take your call on Saturday until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
If you were at these locations and call in to talk to Public Health you will be asked whether you received two doses of the measles vaccine, which is usually given in the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.
If you did not get two doses of the vaccine you could be at risk of measles, said public health officials.
If you are at risk you need to be alert to the symptoms, which typically include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and then a rash that starts at the head and spreads downwards.
Please call a physician if you are displaying these symptoms. Public health officials stressed that anyone with those symptoms should NOT go out in public, to a clinic, hospital or physician's office before calling their facility to prevent spreading the disease to
Infected people are usually contagious from about four days before their rash starts to four days afterward.
People who have received two doses of the measles vaccine have less than 1% chance of contracting the disease after exposure.
Children routinely get their first dose of the MMR vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMR is usually administered before the child begins kindergarten but may be given one month or more after the first dose. Prior to the 1990s, many people only
received one dose of the vaccine so Public Health encourages those individuals to ask their healthcare provider if they should receive a second MMR shot. People born before 1957 will likely have immunity.
The complications of measles can be dangerous. Six to 10 percent of the people who get the disease will get an ear infection, diarrhea or even pneumonia. One out of 1,000 people with measles will develop inflammation of the brain, and about two out of 1,000 will die. People with compromised immune systems, women who are pregnant and infants are at a greater risk of serious complications.
Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease. It is widespread in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa and Asia. People planning to travel abroad are encouraged to get the necessary vaccinations to protect them from the disease.
For more information about measles CLICK THIS LINK. There you will find useful links to frequently asked questions about measles including signs and symptoms and what to do if you suspect you have the measles virus.
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