FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2019
Britt Ehrhardt/Marianna Moles
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Office: (408) 792-5155
One individual traveled to restaurants and tourist sites in the County of Santa Clara while possibly contagious with measles
COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, CA – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms one case of measles in an international traveler visiting the county. Individuals who are not immune to measles AND who visited the sites below at the dates and times indicated may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure.
Santa Clara County benefits from very high rates of vaccination against measles. Most people received two doses of measles vaccine (“MMR vaccine”) as children and are protected. However, parents of unvaccinated children, unvaccinated adults, and those with weakened immune systems are advised to review the list of sites and times individuals may have been exposed below. Children at risk may include infants who are too young to receive the vaccine, children who cannot receive measles vaccine due to weakened immune system (for example, due to organ transplant or chemotherapy), or other unvaccinated children.
People present at these sites who are not immune to measles may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness. Common symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a rash, which can appear 7 to 21 days after the exposure.
If you develop these symptoms, call your doctor right away. It is very important to call ahead to any medical facility before going there and to tell them that you may have been exposed to measles so that the facility can take measures to protect other patients and visitors.
From March 16 and March 23, the traveler visited the following places in the County of Santa Clara while infectious. The times that other individuals may have been exposed are listed. The Public Health Department requests the assistance of the news media in publicizing this list of sites at which we have been unable to identify all of the people present who may have been exposed.
Date, Time, Place where individuals 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
“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,” said Dr. Sara Cody, County Health Officer and Public Health Department Director.
The person with measles is an adult exposed to measles overseas, not in the Bay Area. The person’s measles vaccination status is unverified. The individual was hospitalized as a result of their illness. Further information about the individual will not be released for reasons of medical privacy.
This case of measles is not connected to the cluster of three cases in the Bay Area earlier this month.
Two doses of MMR vaccine is the best protection against the measles. Measles immunizations are available at your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or health clinic. Public Health Department offers immunizations, which are usually covered by insurance: https://publichealth.sccgov.org/public-health-pharmacy-travel-and-immunization-clinic.
For more information about measles, visit https://publichealth.sccgov.org/disease-information/measles.