A measles patient visited a CVS and Ralphs store in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles last week while infected and may have exposed others to the virus, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Friday.
A resident of LA County visited the two stores on October 19 at this time:
- 12:00 to 14:30 at the CVS pharmacy on 4707 Venice Blvd
- 12:35 to 15:00 at Ralphs at 4760 W Pico Boulevard
Anyone who visits a pharmacy or grocery store at the same time may be at risk of measles up to 21 days after exposure, health officials said.
Those who believe may have been exposed should review their immunization records, contact their health care provider and be alert for symptoms, including fever and unexplained rash.
Health officials advised those experiencing symptoms to stay home and call their doctor immediately.
The virus lingers in the environment for hours and is highly contagious, authorities said.
About 90% of those who have never been immunized experience symptoms seven to 21 days after exposure.
So far in 2019, there are 20 confirmed measles cases among LA residents and 11 more among non-residents traveling through the county, health officials said. Most of these cases were found in patients who had not been immunized or did not know if they had ever been immunized, according to the health authority.
Public health officials say they will provide an update with additional places and time periods in which people might be exposed to measles in connection with this patient.
On October 16, a measles patient visited Disneyland and the Los Angeles Starbucks while he was infected, and the health department warned visitors that they may have been exposed that they may develop symptoms within 21 days of entering. contact with the virus.