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Approximately 300 individuals at a hospital in California may have come into contact with measles when a child visited for medical care

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A hospital in California is reaching out to around 300 people who might have been near someone with measles. This happened after a child with the illness was treated there last week. The kid had come back from another country and got checked at UC Davis Health’s emergency room on March 5.

The hospital says they’re handling the situation well and are letting the 300 people know about the possible exposure. They assure that no one else at UC Davis Medical Center is at risk. The hospital has a record of everyone who was there that day and is using calls, online messages, letters, and in-person communication to inform them.

People who haven’t had the measles vaccine or don’t know if they got it and were at the emergency room during that time might get sick from measles between seven to 21 days later. Health officials are asking those at risk to check their vaccine records, contact their doctor, and keep an eye out for symptoms.

Measles is a serious illness that can lead to complications and even death. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and a red rash on the face that spreads to the chest, back, thighs, and feet.

Measles spreads through the air and can linger for up to an hour where someone with the illness coughed or sneezed. There have been 45 reported measles cases in 17 states this year, worrying public health experts. In 2023, there were 58 cases.

Health experts recommend getting the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in two doses: one between 12 to 15 months and the second between 4 to 6 years old. One dose is about 93% effective, and two doses are about 97% effective. However, only about 92% of US children have received the MMR vaccine by age 2, below the federal target of 95%. The rate of vaccine exemptions for children is at its highest level in the US.

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