For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2018
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms one case of measles in a non-resident tourist who visited the city of Santa Monica while infectious from August 8-10, 2018.
This person visited the following venues in the city of Santa Monica at the following times:
- Sea Blue Hotel from August 8 at 1:30 p.m. until August 10 at 1:00 p.m.
- Urth Café from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Chez Jay Restaurant from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- Cora’s Coffee Shoppe from 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
- Ivy at the Shore restaurant from 5:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel restaurant from 9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
No current risk related to measles exists at these venues at this time as the period of possible exposure was more than one week ago. In addition, because measles is spread from person to person by the respiratory route, there is no risk present related to food that may have been consumed at these locations. However, individuals who were present at these locations during these times, especially those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been vaccinated against measles, may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness.
“Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “People who may have been exposed to measles and who have not been immunized, may receive measles immunization and be protected from developing the disease. It is important to contact your doctor by phone before going to their office so measures can be taken to prevent possible spread to other patients or staff."
Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 12 days after the exposure. Individuals should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms. For more information about measles, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles or call 2-1-1 from any land or mobile phone in Los Angeles County to speak with an operator.
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