Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014

UC Berkeley student in isolation with measles, second reported case of measles at the university

The University of California at Berkeley and the City of Berkeley Public Health has issued a warning after a UC Berkeley student, who attended classes all week, was confirmed positive for measles Friday.

Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States

Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States

The unidentified student is currently in isolation.

The City of Berkeley Public Health is asking clinicians to be vigilant for possible cases of measles and to report suspected measles cases immediately.

This is the second reported case of measles at the university. The first case was reported in February when a student, recently back from a trip to Asia, contracted the disease yet still attended classes on campus.

Since March, there are 49 confirmed measles cases in California with onset in 2014. Alameda County has reported 2 cases and Contra Costa County has reported 4 cases.

Measles is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Measles virus is highly contagious and can remain so for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Some people who become sick with measles also get an ear infection, diarrhea, or a serious lung infection, such as pneumonia. Although severe cases are rare, measles can cause swelling of the brain and even death.

Measles can be especially severe in infants and in people who are malnourished or who have weakened immune systems (such as from HIV infection or cancer or from certain drugs or therapies).

To protect yourself, getting vaccinated against the disease is key. In addition, practicing good hygiene such as frequent handwashing and avoiding touching your face are two other means.

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