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UC Davis alerted 200 people about March 17 measles exposure



Getting vaccinated can help stop measles from spreading

Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the U.S. and it can spread. But you can protect yourself, your family, and your community with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
    
    

                                    

Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the U.S. and it can spread. But you can protect yourself, your family, and your community with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
    
    

                                

UC Davis Health said Wednesday they sent out roughly 200 letters to people who may have been exposed to the highly contagious measles virus March 17 in the emergency department at UCD Medical Center.

The letter from UC told the recipients: "You will need to notify your primary health care provider (s) and your child's provider (s) of this possible exposure to discuss

One mother, Rayna Souza, told Fox News 40 that she was dismayed that her terminally ill son, 7-year-old Jackson, had been in the hospital's ED within one hour of the Calaveras County girl who was diagnosed with measles. Souza did not immediately respond to The Bee's requests for interviews, so it was not immediately known whether Jackson was vaccinated for measles

Dr. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious disease at UC Davis Children's Hospital, issued a statement saying UCD medical providers evaluated Jackson on Tuesday and he did not have the measles.

As The Bee reported March 26, UC Davis doctors diagnosed the Calaveras child after she was sent home from Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas on March 14 and Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson on March 16 by doctors who felt she had the flu or another cold virus

In her early stages, the measles virus is often mistaken for a respiratory illness, public health officials say, and that is especially during the flu season when so many people are coming to emergency rooms and doctor's offices with influenza. Measles typically start with a mild or moderate fever; cough; runny nose; and red, watery eyes. (19659006) If you have been exposed to measles or have been traveling abroad and return with flu-like symptoms, like symptoms, doctors recommend you to call your medical provider and provide that information. That way, they say, the staff can make arrangements to bring you through a more isolated route.

The child had gone on an overseas trip, where she believed she was infected with the virus, Calaveras County Health Officer Dean Kelaita said, and she returned to California via San Francisco International Airport. Kelaita said the girl, who is school-age, had not been vaccinated against measles.

Separately, Placer County health officials recently reported a family of three also had measles after visiting someone in Butte County whom they later learned had the illness. Placer public health officials said none of the family members were vaccinated against measles.

A member of the Placer County family went to work out at Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club at around 5:45 pm. March 18, before the measles was diagnosed. However, Placer County officials said Wednesday their investigation has not yielded any reports of other measles cases. After they were infected, the family stayed home alone while they were fighting the disease

Infected individuals can have measles for up to five days before showing symptoms, but most people will start having symptoms within 12 days. However, they can transmit the virus for days before symptoms appear. They do so by coughing molecules into the air or into their hands, where they can be spread to others. Medical officers say that the virus aggressively attacks the immune system and that exposure to even a few droplets with the virus can make people sick

The measles vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the disease, say doctors. California law requires students to be vaccinated before entering school, unless the parents have a medical exemption for their children. Measles can cause deafness and death.

Without vaccines, measles can be costly to prevent and treat. That's because children – and even some adults – with the disease often have to be hospitalized for care and because public health departments have to pull many staff members from other work to identify and isolate people exposed to the virus

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