SoCal Health Officials Release Dozens Of Public Places Latest Measles Patients Went While Contagious
An Orange County infant who was too young to be vaccinated is hospitalized with measles, OC health officials announced Saturday. That latest case became public hours after UC Irvine officials said a graduate student who spent time on campus this week had also been confirmed to have the highly-contagious disease.
The student, identified as a man who lives in Long Beach, did not need hospitalization and is currently quarantined at his home, officials said. Orange County health officials said he had been vaccinated and had no history of international travel.
Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said the man is among some 3% of people who still contract measles despite being vaccinated. The good news is that those people typically suffer less severe symptoms and also are not as contagious to others.
The man had spent extensive time in public before his diagnosis, including at a movie theatre, grocery stores and wine bars in Long Beach, according to information released by health officials.
L.A. County officials also named some of the region's most popular tourist destinations as having been visited by a local person now known to have been contagious, including The Grove, L.A. Farmers Market and the La Brea Tar Pits. [Details below.]
L.A. County officials on Saturday also said another person infected with measles recently traveled through the area. They did not offer any additional details about that individual. To date this year, L.A. County has reported eight cases in residents and another six non-resident cases.
The majority of the people who had measles had not been vaccinated.
Earlier this week, Orange County had announced its first case of measles this year, a Placentia woman in her 20s who became infected while traveling internationally. She went to the movies in Fullerton while contagious, according to health officials.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE INFANT
OC health officials said the baby has "no history of international travel." They did not give a specific age for the infant, who was cared for at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) emergency department.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a child get the first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine when they are between 12 months and 15 months. A child who is traveling internationally should get the first vaccination at 6 months of age, health officials recommend.
OC officials said the infant was infectious while being cared for at CHOC's emergency department at these dates and times:
- Sunday, April 28, 7 - 10:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 30, 9:30 p.m. through Wednesday, May 1 at 12:15 a.m.
- Thursday, May 2, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
One of the key reasons public health officials say vaccination is important has to do with a concept known as herd immunity. If enough people are vaccinated -- typically at least 90 to 95% of the population in cases of highly contagious diseases such as measles -- that effectively protects those who cannot be vaccinated like infants or people who have compromised immune systems by limiting the spread of the disease.
In an announcement released to the UC Irvine community Saturday morning, Chancellor Howard Gillman said the university had been "informed that the student attended classes or was present while contagious."
The latest case comes after concerns about the spread of measles on two campuses in Los Angeles County, Cal State Los Angeles and UCLA, led health officials to quarantine hundreds of students until the period for signs of new infections passed earlier this week.
As of Thursday, state health officials reported 40 people in California have been diagnosed with measles so far this year. Most were unvaccinated. The number is already twice the reported cases in all of 2018.
Nationwide, a number of large outbreaks have propelled the number of measles case over 700, already more than in 2014 when an outbreak tied to Disneyland led to a renewed vaccination push and stricter rules on exemptions in California.
The trend is concerning to many public health officials who point out measles had once become so rare in the U.S. that the disease was considered eliminated in 2000.
WHERE THE GRAD STUDENT WENT
Gillman provided a list of places where the student came in contact with others on the campus:
- Monday, April 29:
- Humanities Instructional Building 100, 10 a.m.-noon
- Krieger Hall, Classic Dept. 4th Floor, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 30, Humanities Hall 112, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday, May 2, UCI Student Health Center, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Dr. Albert Cheng, of the UCI student health department, said they'd worked to evaluate if students who came in contact with the infected man had immunizations or lab work to show immunity.
If not, he said they're working to reach out.
Gillman said some students who may have come in contact with the contagious person had already been cleared. He described the number of people on campus who did not have vaccinations as a "small percentage."
"I want to assure you that campus health experts have been working closely with local public health officials to ensure that notifications are made and proper care is provided to all who might be affected," he wrote. "We are currently notifying students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed, providing them with information about treatment and prevention."
In addition to the places on campus, OC health officials provided the following locations in Fullerton the man visited on Friday, May 3:
- The Pickled Monk, 1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
- Brick Basement Antiques, 2:40 - 4 p.m.
- Buffalo Exchange, 3 - 4:15 p.m.
- 8Eightyeight Cigar, 3:15 - 5 p.m.
He also said the student will remain at home, which is in Los Angeles County.
Long Beach health officials also released a list of locations the man had visited in his home city:
- Sunday, April 28:
- Pizzanista, 1837 E 7th St, 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
- Total Wine, 7400 Carson Blvd, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 30, Susan European Dressmaker, 3319 E 7th St, 5 -7 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 1:
- Art du Vin Wine Bar, 2027 E 4th St, 8 -10 p.m.
- Ralph's, 2930 E 4th St, 2 - 5 p.m.
- Thursday, May 2:
- Ralph's, 6290 Pacific Coast Highway, 3- 6:30 p.m.
- AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E PCH, 6- 10 p.m.
- Friday, May 3, Broadway Carwash,4000 E Broadway, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
L.A. County offered this list of public places visited by a person infected with measles. They did not specify which case, the Long Beach resident or the non-resident individual, the exposures are tied to:
- Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28, Farmer's Daughter Hotel 115 S Fairfax Ave
- Also on Saturday, April 27:
- Peet's Coffee, 3rd & Fairfax, 9 a.m. - noon
- Fratelli's Café, 7200 Melrose Ave, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- TART Restaurant (located in Farmer's Daughter Hotel), 5 -8 p.m.
- The Grove, 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Los Angeles Farmer's Market, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Paper Source, 3rd & Fairfax, 4 - 6 p.m.
- Whole Food's (Fairfax) 6350 W 3rd St., 8 - 11 p.m.
- La Brea Tarpits, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 30, LAX International Terminal, 7:45 - 11:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, LAX Employee Shuttle, unclear time and 7:30-9:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 1,LAX International Terminal, 7:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
ANOTHER OC CASE
Earlier this week, Orange County health officials announced a confirmed case of measles in a county resident who was infected while traveling internationally.
Places where that person, identified as a Placentia resident in her 20s, could have come in contact with others while contagious are:
- Tuesday - Thursday, April 23-25, 5 Hutton Centre Dr., Santa Ana, 7:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. daily
- Thursday- Friday, April 25-26, AMC Movie Theatre, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Saturday, April 27, St. Jude Emergency Department, 7-9 a.m.
THE LATEST FROM LA COUNTY
In Los Angeles County, officials this week announced a seventh confirmed measles case on Tuesday.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting that day, Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer warned that there will likely be more cases.
And she cautioned that although most people who get measles get a high fever and a rash all over their body and recover, there is a small risk of much more serious harm.
"It does cause and can cause very serious illness," she said, "including brain swelling, deafness, pneumonia, and death."
That's why she and other health officials are urging everyone to make sure that their vaccinations are up to date.
Megan Garvey and Michelle Faust Raghavan contributed to this report
11:45 p.m.: This article updated with additional details about the new L.A. County cases and locations where the public was exposed.
1:45 p.m.: This article was updated with details about vaccinated people still contracting the measles.
1:30 p.m.: This article was updated with the case of the infant in Orange County as well as additional details about where the UCI student had been while contagious.
This article was originally published at 10:30 a.m.