Placer County on alert for measles spread
Measles is a highly infectious disease that typically causes a fever, runny nose, cough, sore eyes and red rash all over the body
A person with measles can be contagious for up to four days before and four days after the onset of a rash
Even in previously healthy children, measles can be a serious illness requiring hospitalization
As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia
About one child in every 1,000 who gets measles will develop encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain that can lead to convulsions, deafness or brain damage
For every 1,000 children who become ill with measles, one or two will die from the disease
Source: California Department of Public Health
Ebola. Influenza. And now the measles.
The last six months have seen concern ebb and flow as the threat of an outbreak emerges.
The latest is measles.
The state Department of Public Health was reporting that by Monday, a total of 73 cases had been confirmed since December – with 50 linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland or
Dr. Robert Oldham,
“We’re hoping to prevent a widespread outbreak in
Complicating the current situation, it’s also flu season. Many of the symptoms – including cough, running eyes and even rash – mimic measles, he said.
While measles are highly contagious, they’re also highly preventable through vaccinations.
“We’re urging people who have previously gone unvaccinated because of concerns of safety to reconsider,”
At the state level, Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist for the Department of Public Health center for infectious diseases, is urging caution for people who remain unvaccinated, especially for infants under 12 months.
“Any place where large numbers of people congregate and there are a number of international visitors, like airport, shopping malls and tourist attractions, you may be more likely to find measles,” Chavez said.
The warning is particularly important for people who may have been vaccinated before 1989, when two doses became recommended. The vaccine became available in the
“Getting one is better than nothing,”
The greatest number of cases since December were 23 in