Ana Ibarra Health

Measles alert moves into the Valley

A man with measles visited a Fresno County hospital and mall, possibly exposing residents in that area to the infectious disease, health officials confirmed early Wednesday.

The Fresno Bee is reporting the man visited the labor and delivery area at Community Regional Center on Jan. 22 and 25 and the Fashion Fair Mall on Jan. 25.

As of Wednesday, there are no confirmed measles cases reported in Merced Count, but health officials are following similar precautions.

Below is the guidance provided in a Fresno County news release. According to health officials at the Merced County Department of Public Health, this is what they would also offer Merced County residents:

Residents who show any signs of measles, should stay at home, verify their immunization status, then contact their health care provider by telephone for instructions.

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 latest update from the California Department of Public Health confirms 79 cases in the state. Symptoms of measles include: high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and watery eyes. Signs and symptoms appear can appear from a week to two weeks after exposure.