FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
A person diagnosed with measles has traveled through Kern County while infectious. On April 30, 2018, the person visited the Taco Bell restaurant located at 3200 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93304. Anyone who was at the Taco Bell restaurant between 12 pm and 2 pm may have been exposed to measles. Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and will stay in the air for up to one hour afterwards.
Most people who were born or attended elementary school in the U.S. after 1970 have been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) or the measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccine (MMRV). Two doses of measles-containing vaccine prevents measles disease in more than 99% of cases. Most people who were born prior to 1957 had measles as a child and are immune to measles infection.
Anyone who has been exposed and is not immune should watch for symptoms between May 8, 2018 and May 21, 2018. If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider by phone. Please do not enter a healthcare facility (doctor’s office, urgent care, emergency room) without first notifying the facility that you have been exposed to measles and now have symptoms. To avoid spread of this disease, if you have symptoms, please stay home until you have been evaluated by a medical professional and avoid going to school, work or other public places.
Measles symptoms can include high fever (101°F and above), cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that starts at the hairline and travels downward to the rest of the body. Measles can develop into pneumonia and cause life-threatening complications.
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