Contra Costa Public Health, BART Release Information on Two Cases of Measles in Contra Costa County

February 13, 2014 · 26 comments

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Contra Costa Public Health has confirmed two cases of measles in Contra Costa residents, the only 2 cases in the last 5 years. Both case-patients had history of recent travel to Asia prior to illness, and they are identifying many possible exposures in public and community settings associated with these cases.

The Contra Costa Public Health Department is asking for clinicians to be vigilant and to report suspected measles cases immediately.

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So far, two cases of measles have been identified in Contra Costa in 2014; other measles cases also recently identified elsewhere in California, mostly in returning international travelers.

Measles is very contagious. Individuals who are not immune are at risk of getting disease and spreading it to their friends, family members and the community. Immediate reporting by providers will assist us in identifying those exposed and can prevent more cases.

BART also issued the following information regarding a possible exposure on one of their trains late last week:

BART and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are urging riders to seek medical attention if they exhibit any symptoms of measles after CCHS learned that a person infected with the contagious disease traveled on BART in the East Bay last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says measles has been virtually wiped out in the United States thanks to vaccinations but the disease still poses a risk to those who have not been vaccinated.

The person infected with measles traveled between El Cerrito del Norte and Downtown Berkeley stations on Tuesday, February 4 through Friday, February 7 between 8 to 10 am and in the afternoon/evening commute hours.

The measles virus is transmitted through the air and the virus can live in the air for up to two hours. BART uses industrial-strength disinfectant to clean its trains at the end of the line during the day and each night.

According to CDC, “the symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include:

  •          Measles Rash
  •          Blotchy rash
  •          Fever
  •          Cough
  •          Runny nose
  •          Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  •          Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
  •          Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

For more information about measles, visit  cchealth.org Contra Costa County residents can also call 925-313-6740. City of Berkeley residents can call 510-981-5377. Additional information is available at www.cdc.gov

Please click on the picture shown above for all the information from Contra Costa Public Health.

1 Another fake story so Big Pharma can make more money selling vaccines February 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

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2 VikingPrincess February 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Always a good idea to have your basic immunizations up to date when traveling to other countries. They don’t have the same requirements as we do and typically being in enclosed spacea with large groups (plane, train, boat) can increase spreading any bug.

3 Cowellian February 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Seriously, you’d rather let people die than let corporations make a profit?

4 Sacto Rob February 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Kids can die from the measles. For goodness sakes get your kids vaccinated.

5 Schmee February 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

So the moral of the story is stay away from Asia. Got it.

And I’m willing to bet were talking the orient not Russia here lol.

6 The Theorist February 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

and it’s a conincidence that the CDC is in the bay area doing their “survey” ..NOPE!
they are readying their sheeple-culling next gen diseases

7 The Theorist February 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM

oh.. yes… I’m a conspiracy nut… but remember just like the military-industrial complex who secretly instigate foreign wars, the healthcare-corporate complex doesn’t get funding ($$$) without a viable threat to peoples “security & safety”.

8 Anon February 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

In order for Darwin to do his job you need to let people choose not to get vaccinated. The herd must be thinned!

9 anonymous February 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Measles are no fun. Later on shingles are no fun either.

10 KJ February 13, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Anonymous @10 — I hope you are not meaning to imply measles and shingles are caused by the same virus. They aren’t. People who have had chicken pox can sometimes come down with shingles later in life.

11 Antler February 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

#10, you are correct that neither red measles nor shingles is “fun”……but just to be precise here, it’s the chicken pox virus which continues to live in the body and later on can present as shingles, so it’s wise for adults to get a shingles vaccination.

12 dingo February 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

You either had it or should have been vaccinated… Who dropped the ball?

13 Bob Brittain February 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM

@ Theorist #7 & 8.
Did you happen to get vaccinated against polio or smallpox? Would it be good to eliminate all vaccinations?
I have to say that I totally despise the conspiracy theorists that are endangering the lives of so many people by scorning well-established scientific processes to save lives. These Luddites have a special place of shame in the history of the world.

14 Noflow February 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Measles are bad news. Get the shots and keep them current. For some reason, we keep having small outbreaks of infectious deseases that were supposed to be near extinct in the US. Like TB….

15 ChampagneKitty February 13, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Post #1=troll

16 Rob February 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I have plenty of problems with “Big Pharma” but vaccines against diseases such as measles is not on that list.

17 @10 February 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

@anonomoose, shingles is caused by chicken
pox.
Early vaccines were successful and effective.
But as someone mentioned, the lessons learned
from the ” M.I.C.”, were put into practice and they
Pharmacorps make billions from our fear. If you
really want the herd thinned out, I suggest cutting
out all vaccines. Those that remain would therefore
be superior.

18 Russ February 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

waiting for the “this is obamas fault” post

19 Kirk February 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Any of you people remember the dumb ass who got himself and his girlfriend eaten by brown bears? My Dad was a forest ranger in Alaska and in the years leading up to his mastication he went around telling people that bears were not dangerous and for anyone to bring a gun into the woods for protection from bears was provoking the bears. He criticized the rangers for bringing guns into the woods and criticized them for telling others to bring guns for bear protection.

When he was finally eaten my father was not happy, he took it in a “well that’s no surprise.” The Alaskan rangers would have been happy if the only person he got killed was himself, unfortunately he lead a woman who trusted him to her death.

He was sticking it to the man, spreading the truth, getting people’s heads out of the sand.

He was an idiot.

A well meaning best intentioned idiot. Bears are apex predators. They eat anything they fell like eating. Jane Goodall would have feed a mother bear and her cubs.

Bears, terrorists, tornados, and drunk drivers, don’t kill as many people as viruses do, feel free to do what you want but don’t get the people who trust you killed.

20 Basel February 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Look for another enrollment bump for ACA.

21 funny man February 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Thanks Obama

22 @kirk February 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Nice bear story there Kirk, but your story has no parallels to what is being discussed here….just because someone decides to not get vaccinated or not vaccinate their kids is not the same as tempting a wild bear…

You are an idiot.

Big pharmaceutical companies are the wild bears that can’t be trusted. There are all sorts of harmful things in vaccines, and if someone decides they don’t want their body inundated with heavy metal toxins or cancer viruses found in vaccines then that is their right to say no…why do the majority of ppl now get super sick from the flu vaccine?? just google cancer virus in vaccines and you’ll realize that’s the real bear to avoid.

23 @23 February 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM
24 VikingPrincess February 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

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Flamed by the intoxicated scientists Bunsen burner…not bad

Unless something came up the wire fairly recent, public health professionals have been attributing the surge of TB and comeback onsets of measles etc to the increase in immunosuppressed individuals – as opposed to those not getting their basic rabies shot. Need to still keep them up to date

25 Anon February 15, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Asia, try any third world country, like Mexico, and all those libtards who don’t believe in vaccinations.

26 Bubbles February 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I’m shocked not one Obama’s fault or the BART union employees!!! This article does talk of a health issues and BART right?

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