By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed two cases of measles within the County as of January 12, 2015. These cases are in conjunction with the recent outbreak associated with California Disneyland theme parks that occurred between December 15 – 20, 2014. It is possible that San Bernardino County residents may have been exposed to measles since one of the confirmed cases visited public places while infectious.
Potential exposure locations and times:
o Sunday, January 4, 2015 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
o Tuesday, January 6, 2015 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
o Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
o Thursday, January 8, 2015 3:56 PM – 5:05 PM
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. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. The DPH has been working with the places listed below to contact people who may have been exposed to these cases. As a precaution, people who were in the below locations around the same time as the individual with measles should:
Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to prevent outbreaks of disease in our community. Given the recent cases identified here and in other jurisdictions in Southern California, additional cases are expected and vaccination is key in preventing infection from future exposures. For more information about measles, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html, California Department of Public Health at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Measles.aspx http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Measles.aspxor call the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.