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Measles Case Identified in Los Angeles County, Public Health Warns of Potential Exposure

health officials in LA warn residents about measles risk
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of measles in a visitor who traveled through the county between March 30 and April 1, 2024. Public health officials are urging anyone who visited specific locations during that time to be vigilant about potential exposure and to review their vaccination status.

Locations with Potential Exposure:

The infected individual visited several locations in Los Angeles County, including:

  • Sheraton Gateway Hotel Gym (Los Angeles)
  • Denny’s (West Century Blvd., Los Angeles)
  • Universal Studios (Universal City)
  • Various restaurants within Universal Studios (Universal City) – This includes Buca Di Beppo, Cletus Chicken Shack, Lard Lad Doughnuts, and EC Food Truck
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (Beverly Hills)
  • Jack in the Box (Manchester Blvd., Inglewood)
  • Santa Monica Pier and surrounding shops (Pier Gear specifically mentioned)
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Marina Del Rey)

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious disease. It can cause complications like pneumonia, encephalitis (brain swelling), and even death, especially in young children and adults with weakened immune systems.

The measles virus can stay in the air and on surfaces for hours after an infected person has left the area. People who may have been exposed should be aware of the following symptoms, which typically appear 7 to 21 days after exposure:

  • High fever (over 101°F)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth
  • Rash that starts on the face and spreads to the body

Public health officials emphasize the importance of measles vaccination as the best way to prevent the spread of the disease. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

What to Do if You Think You Were Exposed:

  • Review your immunization records: If you haven’t had measles or the MMR vaccine, contact your doctor to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, infants, and people with weakened immune systems.
  • Contact your doctor: If you believe you may have been exposed to measles, especially if you are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. They can advise you on testing and treatment options.
  • Stay home and avoid public places: If you develop symptoms, it’s crucial to stay home from work, school, or any public gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus.

Additional Resources:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers more information about measles, including symptoms, prevention, and vaccination on their website.

Public health officials are urging everyone to be vigilant and take steps to protect themselves and their communities from measles.