REDDING, Calif. – A person in Shasta Dounty has contracted measles.
Shasta County Public Health said the patient is currently isolated from others to prevent the spread of the highly contagious measles.
The health department reaches out to all those people have been in contact with the last eight days.
They want to talk to anyone who worked at or visited the following places in recent days, during the infectious period.
- Taco Bell on Old Alturas Rd. in Redding on March 16th from 11:00 to 4:00 and March 17 from noon. 6 for dinner.
- Raleys supermarket on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 18 around 6 am to 7 pm
- Shasta College 800 Building March 1
- Shasta College Library on March 19 from noon to 4:30 pm
- Raley's Supermarket on Lake Boulevard in Redding on March 19 from 11 am to 12.30 pm
If you were in these places during these times, you are requested to call Shasta County Public Health at (530) 225-5591. They will call on Saturday to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
If you were in these places and called in to talk to public health, you will be asked if you received two doses of measles vaccine, which is usually given in measles, dop, vaccine. rubella (MMR).
If you did not receive two doses of the vaccine, you could risk measles, says public health officials.
If you are at risk, be aware of the symptoms, which typically include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and then a rash that begins in the head and spreads down.
Call a doctor if you show these symptoms. Public health managers stressed that anyone with these symptoms would not go out to the public, to a clinic, hospital or doctor's office before calling their facility to prevent the disease from spreading to
Infected individuals are usually contagious from about four days before their rash begins to four days afterwards.
People who have received two doses of measles vaccine have less than 1% chance of suffering from the disease after exposure.
Children routinely receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine at 12 months of age or later. The second dose of MMR is usually administered before the baby starts kindergarten but can be given one month or more after the first dose. Before the 1990s, many received only a dose of the vaccine, so public health encourages individuals to ask their health care provider if they were to receive a second MMR shot. People born before 1957 are likely to have immunity.
The complications of measles can be dangerous. Six to 10 percent of people who get the disease will have an ear infection, diarrhea or pneumonia. One in 1,000 people with measles will develop brain inflammation, and about two in 1000 will die. People with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and infants are at greater risk of serious complications.
Fairs is a highly contagious viral disease. It is widespread in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa and Asia. People who plan to travel abroad are encouraged to receive the necessary vaccinations to protect them from disease.
For more information on measles CLICK THIS LINER. There you will find useful links to common measles questions including signs and symptoms and what to do if you suspect you have measles virus.