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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Measles Case Reported on the Peninsula

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 8:41 AM

click to enlarge This is what the measles looks like
  • This is what the measles looks like

A few weeks back, health officials got commuters riled up after breaking the news that a UC Berkeley student infected with measles rode BART to-and-from class for several days. Perhaps unreleated, it appears that a rare case of the measles has made its way down to San Mateo County where one person was diagnosed with the disease.

No word on whether this person was also a BART passenger, however, according to news reports, the patient had indeed recently traveled internationally. Health officials are now following up on "any potential exposure" to others in the area, KTVU reports.

As of Feb. 21, there were 15 confirmed cases of measles in California so far this year, an increase from the two that were reported this same time last year, according to state officials.

As we've told you before, if you've been vaccinated or you have had the measles before, no need to totally freak out.

If you aren't vaccinated yet, then you really should use your lunch break today to get that done, if not for you, for everyone else around you. It's especially important if you are planning to travel out out of the country, especially India and the Philippines where there are currently outbreaks of the virus.

"As measles continues to spread in many countries, we can expect measles to become increasingly common in our own communities," Dr. Catherine Sallenave, the county communicable disease controller, told KTVU.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected. Symptoms include the following:

* Measles Rash

* Blotchy rash

* Fever

* Cough

* Runny nose

* Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)

* Feeling run down, achy (malaise)

* Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)

The measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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