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ABC’s of your Health: If you were at Harris Ranch early this month you might have been exposed to measles

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Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the U.S. and it can spread. But you can protect yourself, your family, and your community with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
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Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the U.S. and it can spread. But you can protect yourself, your family, and your community with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

If you have traveled on Interstate 5 early this month and made a stop at Harris Ranch’s Country Store in Coalinga, you may have been exposed to measles, alerts Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Health officials released the alert on Aug. 22.

According to Fresno County health officials, an individual with confirmed measles possibly exposed the public while visiting Fresno County.

The person, who is from Alameda County, visited the Country Store and women’s restroom at Harris Ranch, 24505 W. Dorris Ave. in Coalinga on Aug. 10 between the hours of 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m..

“This travel-associated case is another reminder of why vaccines are important for us to build herd immunity and protect our residents,” said Dr. Sara Goldgraben, Fresno County Health Officer.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and is easily contracted by breathing in air, which has been shared by a person infected with measles.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash (usually starting on the face and spreading down the body), which usually appears 10 to 12 days after the exposure.

The best prevention measure for measles is to get vaccinated. No vaccine is 100 percent effective. However, if a person is infected with measles, the symptoms will be far less severe if the person is vaccinated.

The Fresno County Department of Public Health is taking steps to contact individuals who were potentially exposed.

Exposure to measles would only have occurred on the date (Aug. 10) and times between 2-3:30 p.m..

Fresno County Department of Public Health advice that anyone who was at the Country Store and the restroom at Harris Ranch that date and during those time frames and show any signs of measles, should stay at home, verify if they have had a measles shot, and contact their health care provider by telephone for instructions.

People with questions about potential exposure can call the health department communicable disease investigation program at (559) 600-3332.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Aug. 11, 124 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

In 2017, 118 cases from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles while in 2016, 86 people from 19 states were reported to have measles, according to CDC.

In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

According to CDC, the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

Caso de sarampión reportado en el Condado de Fresno

Si usted viajó por la Interestatal 5 a principios de este mes y se detuvo en

Harris Ranch’s Country Store en Coalinga, usted pudiera haber estado expuesto al sarampión, alerta el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Fresno.

Los funcionarios de salud publicaron la alerta el 22 de agosto.

Los funcionarios dijeron que un individuo con sarampión confirmado posiblemente expuso al público mientras visitaba el Condado de Fresno.

La persona, que es del Condado de Alameda, visitó la tienda Country Store y el baño de mujeres en Harris Ranch, ubicado en 24505 W. Dorris Ave. en Coalinga el 10 de agosto entre las 2 p.m. y las 3:30 p.m.

“Este caso asociado con viajes es otro recordatorio de por qué son importantes las vacunas para que podamos edificar inmunidad y proteger a nuestros residentes,” dijo la Dra. Sara Goldgraben, Funcionaria de Salud del Condado de Fresno.

El sarampión es una enfermedad altamente contagiosa y es fácilmente contraída al respirar el aire que ha sido compartido con la persona infectada con el sarampión.

Los síntomas comunes incluyen fiebre, tos, catarro, conjuntivitis (ojos rojos) y salpullido (por lo regular empieza en la cara y se esparce hacia abajo al cuerpo), por lo regular aparece de 10 a 12 días después de haber sido expuesto.

La mejor prevención contra el sarampión es la vacuna. Ninguna vacuna es 100 por ciento efectiva. Sin embargo, si una persona es infectada con sarampión, los síntomas van a ser mucho menos severos si la persona está vacunada.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Fresno está tomando pasos para comunicarse con las personas que pudieran haber sido expuestas.

El contagio de sarampión solo pudo haber ocurrido entre las 2 p.m. y las 3:30 p.m. del 10 de agosto.

Los funcionarios de salud aconsejan que cualquier persona que haya estado en la tienda Country Store y en el baño del Harris Ranch en ese momento y que muestre señales de sarampión, deberá quedarse en casa, verificar que tiene la vacuna contra el sarampión, y comunicarse con su proveedor de cuidado médico por teléfono para recibir instrucciones.

La gente que tenga preguntas sobre un posible contagio puede llamar al programa de investigación de enfermedades contagiosas del departamento de salud (559) 600-3332.

De acuerdo a los Centros de Prevención y Control de Enfermedades (CDC), para el 11 de agosto, había 124 casos individuales de sarampión confirmados en 22 estados y en el Distrito de Columbia.

Los estados que han reportado casos al CDC son Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Nueva Jersey, Nueva York, Carolina del Norte, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, y Washington.

En 2017, hubo 118 cases de 15 estados y el Distrito de Columbia que reportaron tener sarampión, mientras que, en 2016, 86 personas de 19 estados fueron reportadas con sarampión, de acuerdo con el CDC.

En 2014, Estados Unidos vivió una cantidad récord de casos de sarampión, con 667 casos en 27 estados que reportaron al Centro Nacional para Inmunización y Enfermedades Respiratorias (NCIRD) del CDC; esta es la cantidad más grande de casos desde que se documentó la eliminación del sarampión en los Estados Unidos en 2000.

De acuerdo al CDC, la mayoría de la gente que tuvo sarampión no estaba vacunada.

María G. Ortiz-Briones: 559-441-6782, @TuValleTuSalud

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