Measles Warning Issued for Riverside County

Measles Warning Issued for Riverside County


Riverside County Health officials reacted quickly to notification from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) regarding one of their residents, a person in his 20s who had tested positive for the illness. Riverside was notified because the individual recently visited the area.  Although Santa Barbara PHD officials claim to be confident public exposure was limited, the patient did travel across several counties while infectious including Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco and Riverside (primarily in La Quinta and Palm Desert) while infectious.  Santa Barbara PHD advised the individual was infectious between May 25, 2019 and June 2 and has been in isolation since May 29.  Specific locations in Riverside County visited by the individual while he was infectious include the following La Quinta locations—La Quinta Estates (5-24), Lavender Bistro (5-24)  Silver Rock Golf Course (5-25), and all of the following La Quinta locations on (5-26)—the Silver Rock Golf Course, La Quinta Petco (78720 CA-111) and Chevron (79513 CA-111). Health officials caution anyone who spent time at the above locations on the specified dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed. The health department is asking anyone who may have been exposed to check if they are immune to the disease and to talk to their doctor to determine if they may be at risk. “We highly encourage every person to know their measles vaccination status by checking in with their health care providers. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily by air and through direct contact with someone who is infected. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is safe and highly effective in protecting individuals from contracting measles,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for the PHD in Santa Barbara.  Although there are no known cases of measles in Riverside County to date, at least 49 cases of the disease have been reported statewide so far this year.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signs and symptoms of the disease include high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

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