1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
Claudia Jonah MD
February 4, 2015
Media Advisory: Measles Exposure in Kern County
Public Health Media Help Desk
## For Immediate Release ##
Kern County – A person diagnosed with measles has been confirmed to have traveled through Kern County while infectious. This traveler visited a McDonald’s restaurant in Delano (located at 618 Woollomes Avenue) on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at approximately 11:00 am. Anyone who visited the restaurant between 10:30am and 1:00 pm may have been exposed to measles. Measles is a highly contagious disease which spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles can take up to 21 days to show symptoms, so residents who may have been exposed at the Delano McDonald’s should watch for symptoms until February 15, 2015.
Due to potential exposure of Kern County residents to measles and the ongoing measles outbreak throughout California, the Kern County Public Health Officer, Claudia Jonah, M.D., highly recommends that all persons who have not had the measles disease receive two doses of a measles-containing vaccine such as MMR or MMRV. Most adults born prior to 1957 likely had the measles disease. In the current California outbreak 61% of the cases are 20 years of age and older who may have only received one dose of vaccine while school-aged and are encouraged to check their vaccination status and consider a second vaccination at this time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended children receive their first dose of measles-containing vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age. Children can receive their second dose of measles-containing vaccine, as long as it has been at least 28 days since the first dose. Receiving two doses of measles-containing vaccine prevents measles disease in more than 99% of cases.
Measles symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash. Measles can develop into pneumonia and cause life-threatening complications. Anyone who becomes ill, especially those who may have been exposed in Delano should contact their healthcare provider by phone for instructions. 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.