3 more San Diegans may have caught measles at Disneyland

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SAN DIEGO -- Three North County residents who visited Disneyland last month may have contracted measles, amid a growing outbreak in the region, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.

Two patients have recovered while a third is currently sick and being kept isolated at home, according to the HHSA.

If the new cases are confirmed by laboratory testing, the total in San Diego County would climb to 13.

The HHSA announced the new probable cases before confirmation so the public could be advised of places where the three went recently, and could have exposed others. The locations, dates and times include:

  • Vista Community Clinic, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 471 College Blvd., Oceanside, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • Albertsons, 7660 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, Jan. 13 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Phil's BBQ, 579 Grand Ave., San Marcos, Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Regal Carlsbad 12, 2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, Jan. 6 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and
  • Ice-Plex Escondido, 555 N. Tulip St., Escondido, Dec. 30 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

County health officials don't believe there is a current risk of exposure at those locations.

“It is important for anyone who was at one of these locations during the specified dates and times to watch for symptoms and contact their health care provider by telephone first if they show any signs of the disease,'' said Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of the county Epidemiology Program.

“People who have been vaccinated are well protected against measles, but anyone who has not been vaccinated, or who has not had the disease, should take steps now to obtain the shot so that they are protected from future exposures,'' he said.

None of the three in the latest case were immunized against the illness, according to the HHSA.

Measles develops seven to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes.

A distinctive red rash usually appears three to five days after early symptoms appear, according to the HHSA. 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. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet.

Health officials recommend that people born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine -- the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4-6.

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

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

More information about measles, other vaccine-preventable diseases and the shots that protect against them, is available by calling the HHSA Immunization Branch at 866-358-2966 or going online to www.sdiz.org.

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