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Monday, April 7, 2014

Measles Alert: Another UC Berkeley Student Falls Ill

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

click to enlarge The measles
  • The measles

UC Berkeley has issued an alert, warning the community that a student infected with the measles had attended classes as well as rode public transit at the beginning of April.

According to the alert, which was posted on the University's website, s UC Berkeley student who attended classes during the week of March 31 has been diagnosed with measles. Campus officials have been working with the city to alert anyone who may have been exposed to this student during that time.

The patient is currently in isolation.

So what should you do if you think you've been exposed?

  • Assess your risk level,

  • Review your immunization records, and get the MMR vaccine if you haven't already

  • Watch for symptoms

  • Obviously, stay home if you are sick and contact your health provider

Health officials have said anyone who has been vaccinated or has had the disease is unlikely to catch it, even if they had contact with the infected person. And those who are not vaccinated are likely to catch the disease if they've been in contact with a contagious person.

Back in February, Bay Area health officials alerted the public after they discovered another UC Berkeley student infected with the measles had been riding BART to-and-from-classes for several days before noticing symptoms.

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)

You can find more updates on the latest case here.

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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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