Measles exposure reported in Santa Cruz County

Measles exposure reported in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Public Health is notifying the public that a person with measles was in the area on July 1. The county reports that the person with measles dined at Taqueria Los Pericos, located at 139 Water St. “Unvaccinated individuals or individuals with unknown vaccination status who were at Taqueria Los Pericos between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 1, 2024, are at increased risk of developing measles 7 to 21 days after exposure,” the county health department warned. The infected patron also visited a Starbucks in Los Gatos (624 Blossom Hill Road between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on July 1) and San Jose International Airport, Terminal B (between 5:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on July 2). They were flying on Southwest Airlines flight WN 2804. County health departments said exposed individuals should consider the following: Review their vaccination and medical records to determine if they are protected against measles. People who have never had a measles infection or who have not received the measles vaccine may not be protected against the measles virus. These individuals should talk to a health care provider about receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Contact their health care provider by phone or email as soon as possible about possible exposure if they are pregnant, have a newborn, or have a weakened immune system, regardless of vaccination history. Do not visit your health care provider in person or go to the emergency room for possible exposure. Monitor yourself for illnesses such as fever and/or an unexplained rash for 7 to 21 days after exposure (the period during which symptoms may develop); if symptoms develop, stay home and call a health care provider immediately. If you become ill enough to seek medical care in person, wear a mask and notify registration staff that you have been exposed to measles so that appropriate isolation can take place in the healthcare facility.

Santa Cruz County Public Health is notifying the public that someone with measles was in the area on July 1.

According to the county, the person with the measles ate at Taqueria Los Pericos, located at 139 Water St.

“Unvaccinated individuals or individuals with unknown vaccination status who were in Taqueria Los Pericos between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 1, 2024, are at particularly high risk of contracting measles between 7 and 21 days after exposure,” the region’s health department warned.

The infected visitor also visited a Los Gatos Starbucks (624 Blossom Hill Road between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on July 1) and San Jose International Airport, Terminal B (between 5:15 and 7:30 a.m. on July 2). He was flying on Southwest Airlines flight WN 2804.

According to the region’s health authorities, exposed individuals should consider the following:

  • Check their vaccination and medical records to determine if they are protected against measles. People who have never had a measles infection before or who have not had a measles vaccination may not be protected against the measles virus. These individuals should talk to a health care provider about receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination.
  • Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible by phone or email about possible exposure if they are pregnant, have a baby, or have a weakened immune system, regardless of vaccination history. Do not visit your healthcare provider in person or go to the emergency room for possible exposure.
  • Check yourself for diseases such as fever and/or an unexplained rash 7 to 21 days after exposure (the period during which symptoms may develop); if symptoms develop, stay home and call a health care provider immediately. If you become sick enough to seek medical care in person, wear a mask and inform the registration staff that you have been exposed to measles so that appropriate isolation can take place in the health care facility.

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