Long Beach Records First Case of Measles Since 2015


Measles Virus

LONG BEACH (CNS) - Long Beach health officials have announced the first confirmed case of measles in a city resident since 2015, part of a renewed outbreak of the disease nationally and across the Southland.

The latest case, which was made public on Saturday, is an adult graduate student who attends UC Irvine and is recovering at home, according to the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

It is the eighth confirmed case in Los Angeles County this year.

Orange County officials also reported their second case of 2019 on Saturday -- an infant who was too young to be vaccinated and remains hospitalized.

In the Long Beach case, officials said they are “working with the neighboring health jurisdictions of Orange County and Los Angeles County to identify and notify residents of locations the infected individual visited while contagious. Health Department staff are notifying locations in Long Beach the person visited while contagious.”

Individuals who visited the following Long Beach locations at the times stated below might have been exposed to measles:

-- 4/28/2019:

Pizzanista, 1837 E 7th St., 5:30-7 p.m.

-- 4/28/2019:

Total Wine, 7400 Carson Blvd., 6-7:30 p.m.

-- 4/30/2019:

Susan European Dressmaker, 3319 E 7th St., 5-7 p.m.

-- 5/1/2019:

Art du Vin Wine Bar, 2027 E 4th St., 8-10 p.m.

-- 5/1/2019:

Ralph's, 2930 E 4th St., 2-5 p.m.

-- 5/2/2019:

Ralph's, 6290 PCH, 3-6:30 p.m.

-- 5/2/2019:

AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E PCH, 6-10 p.m.

--5/3/2019:

Broadway Carwash 4000 E Broadway, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

And Orange County residents may have been exposed to measles at these locations on the following dates and times:

-- Mon., April 29 - UCI Humanities Instructional Building 100, 10 a.m.- noon

-- Mon., April 29 - UCI Krieger Hall, Classic Dept. 4th Floor, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

-- Tues., April 30 - UCI Humanities Hall 112, 2-5 p.m.

-- Thurs., May 2 - UCI Student Health Center, 1-3 p.m.

-- Friday, May 3 - The Pickled Monk, Fullerton, 1:45-3:30 p.m.

-- Friday, May 3 - Brick Basement Antiques, Fullerton, 2:40-4 p.m.

-- Friday, May 3 - Buffalo Exchange, Fullerton, 3-4:15 p.m.

-- Friday, May 3 - 8Eightyeight Cigar, Fullerton, 3:15-5 p.m.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. People who become infected are contagious before they have symptoms and know they are infected.

Health officials also say to self-monitor for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, stay at home and call a health care provider immediately.

“The best way to protect yourself from measles is to get vaccinated. All children and non-immune adults should be vaccinated against measles,” Long Beach Health Officer Anissa Davis said. “If you are unsure of your vaccination status, contact your provider to make sure you are up-to-date.”

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