Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Fresno County Reports 2 Measles Cases in 1 Household
gvw_nancy_price
By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 10 months ago on
June 20, 2023

Share

Measles, a highly contagious disease that can sometimes be fatal, has struck two members of one household, the Fresno County Department of Public Health reported Tuesday.

The department acknowledged that at this point the risk to the general public is low but urged residents to make sure they and their children are up to date on measles vaccinations, particularly before traveling to countries that still have measles outbreaks.

CDC Posts Measles Warning for Foreign Travel

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles travel health notices have been posted for countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Oceania.

Fresno County public health officials are working with the California Department of Public Health and Madera County Department of Public Health to contact individuals who may have been exposed to the two Fresno County individuals who are infected with measles.

The cases are travel-related and pediatric, a public health official told GV Wire.

Measles can be easily contracted by breathing in air in a room shared with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and a rash that typically starts on the face and then spreads on the body.

Children younger than 5, pregnant women, and those who are immunocompromised are at a higher risk of developing pneumonia and neurological complications that can result in their being hospitalized and that sometimes is fatal.

Those With Symptoms Should Stay Home, Contact Doctor

People with symptoms should stay at home, verify their immunization status, and then contact their doctor by phone for instructions, the health department said. The best prevention for measles is to get vaccinated with the measles vaccine, which is part of the MMR vaccine that also protects against mumps and rubella.

“These cases are reminders of the critical role of vaccinations in protecting the community,” Fresno County Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra said in a news release. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from measles is to get vaccinated. We urge all parents to please work with your pediatrician or contact the health department to help get your child up to date on vaccinations.”

The last large outbreak of measles in California was from December 2014 to April 2015 and was associated with Disneyland. At least 131 California residents were infected as well as residents of six other states, Canada, and Mexico.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Pledged $10M for Maui Wildfire Survivors. They Gave Much More.

DON'T MISS

Did Fresno Unified’s Biggest Contractor Not Pay Its Workers? Company Still Gets Millions After Civil Penalty

DON'T MISS

Biden Marks Earth Day by Going After GOP, Announcing $7 Billion in Federal Solar Power Grants

DON'T MISS

Fresno Unified Says It Has No Superintendent Succession Plan Despite HR Leader’s Claim

DON'T MISS

Work Starts on Bullet Train Line From Las Vegas to LA

DON'T MISS

Trustees to Vote on New Fresno High Gym, Bullard Security Fence. Who Were the Low Bidders?

DON'T MISS

Will CA Lawmakers Crack Down on Spending by Utility Companies?

DON'T MISS

Supreme Court Will Take Up the Legal Fight Over Ghost Guns, Firearms Without Serial Numbers

DON'T MISS

Express Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Announces Store Closures

DON'T MISS

Will There Be a Third Measure E? What Richard Spencer Says.

UP NEXT

Did Fresno Unified’s Biggest Contractor Not Pay Its Workers? Company Still Gets Millions After Civil Penalty

UP NEXT

Biden Marks Earth Day by Going After GOP, Announcing $7 Billion in Federal Solar Power Grants

UP NEXT

Fresno Unified Says It Has No Superintendent Succession Plan Despite HR Leader’s Claim

UP NEXT

Work Starts on Bullet Train Line From Las Vegas to LA

UP NEXT

Trustees to Vote on New Fresno High Gym, Bullard Security Fence. Who Were the Low Bidders?

UP NEXT

Will CA Lawmakers Crack Down on Spending by Utility Companies?

UP NEXT

Supreme Court Will Take Up the Legal Fight Over Ghost Guns, Firearms Without Serial Numbers

UP NEXT

Express Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Announces Store Closures

UP NEXT

Will There Be a Third Measure E? What Richard Spencer Says.

UP NEXT

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Safe After Suspect Breaks Into Official Residence, Police Say

Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

Fresno Unified Says It Has No Superintendent Succession Plan Despite HR Leader’s Claim

4 hours ago

Work Starts on Bullet Train Line From Las Vegas to LA

5 hours ago

Trustees to Vote on New Fresno High Gym, Bullard Security Fence. Who Were the Low Bidders?

Local Education /

6 hours ago

Will CA Lawmakers Crack Down on Spending by Utility Companies?

6 hours ago

Supreme Court Will Take Up the Legal Fight Over Ghost Guns, Firearms Without Serial Numbers

7 hours ago

Express Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Announces Store Closures

7 hours ago

Will There Be a Third Measure E? What Richard Spencer Says.

7 hours ago

Melvin and Matzah: Giants Manager Recalls Childhood Passover

8 hours ago

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Safe After Suspect Breaks Into Official Residence, Police Say

8 hours ago

Newsom Wants to Make It Easier for Arizona Women to Get a California Abortion

8 hours ago

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Pledged $10M for Maui Wildfire Survivors. They Gave Much More.

Lana Vierra misses the swing set at her Lahaina home, which was reduced to ashes in the wildfires that swept through her community last summ...

3 hours ago

3 hours ago

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Pledged $10M for Maui Wildfire Survivors. They Gave Much More.

3 hours ago

Did Fresno Unified’s Biggest Contractor Not Pay Its Workers? Company Still Gets Millions After Civil Penalty

4 hours ago

Biden Marks Earth Day by Going After GOP, Announcing $7 Billion in Federal Solar Power Grants

4 hours ago

Fresno Unified Says It Has No Superintendent Succession Plan Despite HR Leader’s Claim

5 hours ago

Work Starts on Bullet Train Line From Las Vegas to LA

Local Education /
6 hours ago

Trustees to Vote on New Fresno High Gym, Bullard Security Fence. Who Were the Low Bidders?

6 hours ago

Will CA Lawmakers Crack Down on Spending by Utility Companies?

7 hours ago

Supreme Court Will Take Up the Legal Fight Over Ghost Guns, Firearms Without Serial Numbers

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend