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Statement about recent local measles cases

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Statement from Cassius Lockett, PhD
Director, Public Health, Policy, and Planning
San Mateo County Health

As of April 25, San Mateo County has four confirmed measles cases in 2019, which include the Santa Clara County investigation of an adult resident who recently visited Google. San Mateo County Health communicable disease investigators are following these cases and getting regular updates from our partners in other jurisdictions to advise those who may have been exposed to measles to consult with their local health care providers.

Due to patient privacy laws, San Mateo County Health is unable to provide any further information about these cases.

San Mateo County Health does not believe that there is further risk of measles to the public from these cases, but out of an abundance of caution on Monday issued a Health Advisory to local health care providers with guidance on recognizing measles symptoms and reporting suspected cases to public health officials. Other Bay Area health departments have issued similar advisories in recent weeks.

San Mateo County Health advises that all children and non-immune adults should be vaccinated against measles, according guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, which can be found here: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules.

Contact your doctor’s office right away if you develop signs or symptoms suggestive of measles after being in contact with a known case of measles, traveling internationally, transiting through an international airport in the US, interacting with foreign visitors, or visiting a popular U.S. tourist attraction.

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