Measles in San Luis Obispo County
May 18, 2011
The San Luis Obispo County Public Health department reported on Tuesday that measles has been confirmed in a resident who recently returned from a trip to France, a country which has battled a measles epidemic during the past two years.
Officials note the traveler did not visit any local establishments after returning home, became ill and went to the hospital.
Measles, essentially eliminated in the United States in 2000, is making a comeback mostly from travelers who picked up the virus in foreign countries. Epidemics in Europe, the Philippines and India have increased the likelihood international travelers will be exposed to the disease.
California public health officials have recorded 14 measles cases so far this year – eight of them since April.
Symptoms of measles include a rash that can range from pink to red blotches, fever, cough, runny nose, red or swollen watery eyes, and white spots in the mouth. Individuals who develop a rash with fever are asked to contact their medical provider immediately.
County health officials are asking that anyone suspecting they might have measles call before visiting their provider, clinic, or emergency room to prevent transmission to other people.
Anyone born before 1957 and those born after 1957 who have received two doses of vaccine are considered immune. Individuals who have received only one dose of vaccine, or are considered immune-compromised are at higher risk for infection.
For further information on vaccination, please call the Public Health Department at (805) 781-5500.