The City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, announced today that there is one confirmed case of measles associated with a recent outbreak affecting multiple counties in California and Utah. The Long Beach resident spent time at the Disneyland Resort in the City of Anaheim, during the period of December 16-20, 2014.
Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease. The Health Department is working with the neighboring health jurisdictions of Orange County and Los Angeles County to contact people who may have been exposed to the Long Beach case. Health Department staff have also notified locations in Long Beach where the individual with measles visited while infectious. Persons who were at the following locations in Long Beach on Saturday, January 3, 2015 between 9:00 am and 11:30 am
may have been exposed:
- Total Wellness Club – 6447 E. Spring St., 90815
- Stater Brothers – 6501 E. Spring St., 90815
- Bank of America – 6351 E. Spring St., 90815
- Wells Fargo – 6402 E. Spring St., 90815
If you were at any of the above locations during the noted date and time, the Health Department recommends that you:
- Check vaccination records for yourself and your family for 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccinations. If only one or no MMR is documented, talk with your health care provider about receiving the MMR vaccination. All persons born before 1957 and persons with previously diagnosed measles are considered immune.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms including fever and rash through January 24; if symptoms develop, stay home and call your health care provider immediately.
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. Anyone suspecting they have measles should CALL their medical provider BEFORE arriving at the medical office to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Measles:
- Children should receive their first MMR vaccine at 12-15 months of age. The second dose of MMR is given at 4 to 6 years of age before going to school.
- Vaccinating children, adolescents, and adults is the best way to protect infants who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine.
- Vaccinations are safe. The benefits far outweigh any risks. Side effects are usually mild, such as soreness where the shot was given.
Measles is found in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Vaccination before traveling to these areas is recommended.
For more information regarding measles exposures, please call Long Beach Health Department’s Epidemiology Program at 562.570.4302. For information on measles, visit the Long Beach Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.CDC.gov/measles.