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|For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2019
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|Public Health Warns of Possible Measles Exposure
One case of confirmed measles in Malibu on December 29, 2018
|LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms one case of measles in a person who visited the city of Malibu while infectious on December 29, 2018. This person visited Paradise Cove Beach Café in the city of Malibu on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
No current risk related to measles exists at this venue at this time as the period of possible exposure ended 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 this location. However, individuals who were present at this location during this time, especially those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been immunized against measles, may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness.
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 healthcare provider if they develop measles symptoms.
“If you think that you or someone you know has been exposed to or has measles, contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before going in,” 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. Getting immunized is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.”
Measles immunizations are available at your healthcare provider, local pharmacy or health clinic. Public Health clinics offer no or low-cost immunizations for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. To find a nearby Public Health clinic, call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/phcenters.htm.
For more information about measles, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles or call 2-1-1.
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