Measles case confirmed in Berkeley – Berkeleyside

Measles case confirmed in Berkeley - Berkeleyside

Possible measles exposure at Berkeley Bowl, officials say

A Berkeley resident may have exposed shoppers at Berkeley Bowl to measles, officials announced Friday.

A Berkeley resident may have exposed shoppers at Berkeley Bowl to measles, officials announced Friday.

A Berkeley resident may have exposed shoppers at Berkeley Bowl to measles, officials announced Friday.

A Berkeley resident may have exposed shoppers at Berkeley Bowl to measles, officials announced Friday.

Video: Measles Case Confirmed in Berkeley; Health Warning Issued

A Berkeley resident may have exposed shoppers at Berkeley Bowl to measles, officials announced Friday.

The infected individual visited Berkeley Bowl, at 2020 Oregon St., on May 7 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Berkeley Public Health said in a press release.

The department urged those who were at Berkeley Bowl between those hours and who are experiencing measles symptoms, including runny nose, red eyes, cough and fever, to seek immediate medical care. Symptoms typically emerge between seven and 21 days after exposure.

People with severely weakened immune systems and those who are unvaccinated, especially children and those born in or before 1957, are especially susceptible to measles, officials said.

“Given how measles spreads through the air from someone unaware of infection, the need for vaccination is especially important,” said Dr. Lisa Hernandez, the city of Berkeleys Health Officer. “The vaccine is a simple and very powerful protection.”

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Measles cases in the U.S. are at their highest levels in 25 years. Forty-five cases have been reported in California since January 1, including 18 cases in Northern California.

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Shoppers who visited Berkeley Bowl on May 7 are being warned of possible measles exposure as a single new case of the disease has been confirmed in Berkeley.

Berkeley Public Health officials say that the resident who contract measles is no longer contagious, but those who are not immune/vaccinated who were shopping at Berkeley bowl between 3 and 5 p.m. last Tuesday are being warned to look out for symptoms.

As KPIX/CBS SF reports, city staff in the Public Health Department interviewed the individual who was infected, and they are in the process of interviewing others with whom the person had extended contact.

As of May 10 there were 44 measles cases reported statewide in California, with 10 of those in the Bay Area. This is the first reported case in Alameda County.

Health officials are using the new case to once again tell people that they need to be vaccinated because of how easily contagious measles can be.


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