Potential measles exposure in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two people who caught the measles might have exposed
others at a Navy commissary, medical facilities and a lawyer's office, the San
Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported Thursday.

The potential exposure at the Naval Base San Diego Commissary would have
happened Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to the HHSA.

The individuals also might have exposed others at the Pettit Kohn Law
Offices, 11622 El Camino Real, last Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., and
Monday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the HHSA said.

The agency reported that the affected medical offices are the Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa Urgent Care Center, 10243 Genetic Center Drive, Monday
between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa Primary Care, at
the same address, Tuesday between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“Measles is a very contagious disease that can be spread easily by
coughing, sneezing or being in same room with an infected person,” said Dr.
Eric McDonald, the county deputy public health officer. “Anyone who was at any
of these specific locations at these times should watch for symptoms and
contact their health care provider by telephone first, if they show any signs
of the disease.”

Both of the sick individuals, who were not identified, are connected to
a San Diego resident who contracted the illness during a visit to the

HHSA and Navy public health officials are contacting individuals who
were known to be at the listed locations during the exposure periods to
determine if they have been vaccinated. The HHSA recommends that people who
have not been vaccinated, or not had measles, contact their doctors within one
week of the date of exposure.

People without a health provider can contact the HHSA Epidemiology
Branch at (619) 692-8499.

Those with symptoms are asked to telephone the provider in advance,
rather than visit an office directly, so that infection control measures can be
implemented to prevent exposure to others.

The HHSA said measles develop seven to 21 days after exposure. Early
symptoms include cough, runny nose and red eyes, and a distinctive red rash
usually appears one to four days after early symptoms appear.

A person is considered contagious four days before the rash appears. The
rash begins on the face and head then proceeds downward and outward to the
hands and feet.

“The best way to prevent measles is by getting the measles vaccine,”
McDonald said. “Infants under 12 months of age are at high risk of infection
with measles because they would not have received the protective vaccine.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends two doses of the
vaccine: the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4 to 6

Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5
years old and adults 20 years and older, including diarrhea, ear infection and
pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher
among younger children and adults, according to the HHSA.

The agency said there is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and
fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for
their specific problem.

Information about measles, other disease and vaccinations is available
by calling the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966 or visiting the
website at www.sdiz.org.

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