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Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013

Santa Cruz County health officials issue measles alert

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency issued an Public Health Media Alert Friday after learning of two cases of laboratory-confirmed measles (Rubeola) in the San Lorenzo Valley.

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Santa Cruz County (in red) Image/David Benbennick

Health officials say the first case was infectious from Jan. 12th through Jan. 19th and the second case is infectious from Jan. 26th through Feb. 3rd. The second case is isolated at home.

A Measles Exposure Notice was issued for anyone who shopped at New Leaf Market in Felton or banked at Liberty Bank in Felton on Jan. 26th , 28th or 29th as they may be at risk for measles.

Public Health staff and New Leaf Market are working together to ensure that the public will be protected from further exposure to measles.

Measles or rubeola, is an acute highly communicable viral disease that is characterized by Koplik spots in the cheek or tongue very early in the disease. A couple of days later a red blotchy rash appears first on the face, and then spreads, lasting 4-7 days. Other symptoms include fever, cough and red watery eyes. The patient may be contagious from four days prior to the rash appearance to four days after rash appearance.

The disease is more severe in infants and adults. Complications from measles which is reported in up to 20% of people infected include; seizures, pneumonia, deafness and encephalitis.

Prevention of measles is through vaccination.

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