Second Case of Measles Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
Source: SB County Public Health Deapartment
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed one additional case of measles in a local resident reporting international travel. The person with measles is an unvaccinated adult exposed to measles outside of Santa Barbara County. The individual has been in isolation since June 5, 2019. Further information about the individual will not be released for reasons of medical privacy.
Individuals who are not immune to measles AND who visited the sites below at the dates and times indicated may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure and should watch for symptoms of the illness. Common symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a rash, which can appear 7 to 21 days after the exposure. If you develop these symptoms, call your doctor right away. It is very important to call ahead to any medical facility before going there and to tell them that you may have been exposed to measles so that the facility can take measures to protect other patients and visitors.
The Public Health Department is asking people who may have been at the following locations on the dates and times indicated to check whether they are immune and to consult their primary care provider if they may be at risk:
Friday, May 31, 2019
• 12 – 3 p.m. | Norvell Bass Cleaners, 3323 State St., Santa Barbara
• 2 – 5 p.m. | Macy’s, 3805 State St., Santa Barbara
• 3 – 5:30 p.m. | Skin Deep Spa, 3405 State St., Santa Barbara
• 6 – 10 p.m. | Helena Bakery / Les Marchands, 131 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara
• 8 – 11 p.m. | Santa Barbara Wine Therapy, 732 State St., Santa Barbara
Individuals who received two doses of measles vaccine (“MMR vaccine”) are considered to be protected against measles. However, unvaccinated persons and those with weakened immune systems are advised to review the list of sites and times individuals may have been exposed.
The Public Health Department urges community members to locate their measles immunization records and/or work with their healthcare provider to determine if measles vaccination is necessary.
The PHD investigates all contacts the person may have had to prevent any additional spread of measles. PHD also communicates with local healthcare providers to ensure timely identification of illness and to prevent the spread of disease.
For more information about measles, please visit https://countyofsb.org/phd/measles2019/.
To see Edhat's article on the first case of measles click here.