Infected traveler may have exposed Santa Clara Co. residents to measles

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An international traveler who was visiting Santa Clara County has tested positive for measles, according to the Public Health Department. 

Health officials are now warning the public after the traveler visited several restaurants and stores while contagious.

Dr. Sara Cody with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department says those with the vaccine are protected. 

“What’s important to remember is it’s just people who aren’t immune to measles, so if you’re not vaccinated or you’re with famiily that isn’t vaccinated because they’re a baby or they’re immunocompromised, then you need to look at the list,” Cody said.

Children and adults who are unvaccinated, in addition to people with a weak immune system, may have been exposed and are at risk. 

“Measles is one of the most important vaccines because the measles virus is so infectious,” Cody said. 

The traveler was exposed to the measles while in another country, not in the Bay Area, according to the health department.

It is unknown whether this individual has had a vaccine and was hospitalized due to the illness.

There were three measles cases reported in the Bay Area earlier in the month — This case is not connected. 

Here is a list of places, dates and times that people may have been exposed:

Saturday, March 16

9 – 11 a.m.​ | T Mobile Store, 789 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon​ | International House of Pancakes, 644 North First St, San Jose 

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ​| Apple Visitor Center, 10600 N Tantau Ave, Cupertino 

12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ​| Hoover Tower Observation Deck, Stanford University, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford

1:30 – 4 p.m.​ | Poki Bowl, 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

3 – 5 p.m.​ | Walmart, 600 Showers Dr, Mountain View 

4 – 6:30 p.m.​ | The Fish Market, 3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

6 – 8 p.m.​ | Macy’s Valley Fair Mall, 2801 Steven’s Creek Blvd, Santa Clara

Sunday, March 17

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.​ | Bill’s Café, 3163 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
6 – 9 p.m.​ | Cascal, 400 Castro St, Mountain View
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.​ | 7-Eleven, 848 E. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale

Monday, March 18

7 – 10 p.m.​ | Il​ Fornaio (Cucina Italiana), 2752 Augustine Dr, #120 Santa Clara 

10 – 11:30 p.m.​ | 7-Eleven, 848 E. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale 

Tuesday, March 19

7 – 9:30 p.m.​ | Great Mall, 477 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas 
9:30 – 11 p.m.​ | Seniore’s Pizza, 940 Monroe St, Santa Clara 

Wednesday, March 20

7 – 9:30 p.m.​ | SA-BY Thai Cuisine, 404 S. 2nd St, San Jose 
9 – 10:30 p.m.​ | Lucky, 3705 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 

Thursday, March 21

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.​  | CVS Pharmacy, 1165 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Friday, March 22

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.​ | Safeway, 645 San Antonio Rd, Mountain View 
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.​ | CVS Pharmacy, 1675 Hollenbeck Ave, Sunnyvale

Health officials recommend two doses of the MMR vaccine to better protect yourself. 

Immunizations are offered at healthcare providers, local pharmacies or health clinics.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a rash, call your doctor right away. 

“The good news is that most people living in Santa Clara County have been vaccinated and are protected from measles. However, if you or a family member are not immune to measles and you think you were exposed to measles, watch closely for fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash that starts on the face. Call your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms.”

– Dr. Sara Cody, County Health Officer and Public Health Department Director.

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