Potential measles exposure at Fallbrook Hospital

SAN DIEGO – An individual recently diagnosed with measles may have exposed others at Fallbrook Hospital on July 17, the County of San Diego Health and Human

Services Agency (HHSA) announced today.

The ill person, who is not a county resident, contracted measles after being exposed on a recent international flight from Europe and was treated at Fallbrook Hospital on July 17. Patients, visitors, and hospital staff who were present at the hospital emergency department or who travelled through the waiting room between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus.

HHSA public health officials are contacting individuals who were registered patients at Fallbrook Hospital during the exposure period to determine if they have been vaccinated. People who have not been vaccinated, or who have not had measles, should contact their doctors before July 21 for evaluation and post-exposure treatment if appropriate. Those who are without a health provider can contact the HHSA Epidemiology Branch at (619) 692-8499.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread easily by coughing, sneezing, or coming in contact with an infected person,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., county public health officer. “Anyone who was in the Fallbrook Hospital emergency department or who traveled through the waiting room should watch for symptoms and contact their healthcare provider by telephone first, if they show any signs of the disease. We ask people to telephone the provider in advance so that infection control measures may be implemented to prevent exposure to others.”

Measles develop seven to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include cough, runny nose, and red eyes. The distinctive red rash usually appears one to four days after early symptoms appear. A person is considered contagious four days before the rash appears. The rash begins on the face and head then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet.

“Measles is spread through the air and is very infectious to persons who are not vaccinated, including infants under the age of 12 months who are too young to receive the first dose,” said Wooten. “The best way to prevent measles is by getting the measles vaccine.”

All persons born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The CDC recommends two doses of the vaccine; the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4 – 6.

Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Complications can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher among younger children and adults. There is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for their specific problem.

For more information about measles, other vaccine-preventable diseases and the shots that protect against them, please call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966 or visit www.sdiz.org.

12 Responses to "Potential measles exposure at Fallbrook Hospital"

  1. Sunshine   July 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What European country? Were the airlines advised and passengers or was this someone from Mexico?

  2. AboutPediatrics   July 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    "was this someone from Mexico?"

    Why would you think that they were from Mexico, which has much lower rates of measles than the United States?

    In 2011, when there were large outbreaks in the US and Europe, Mexico had three cases. One was imported from a traveler from London. Another was from a traveler from France. And the last was a traveler from Mexico, who developed measles in the United States.

  3. grunt   July 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Since when is Mexico in Europe?

  4. Mom of lots   July 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Great, someone not even from this County went to Fallbrook Hospital for "treatment" when there is no treatment. Hopefully, there was not too many exposed.

  5. ROTFLMAO   July 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    to use the name SUNSHINE is a disgrace……funny how ya’ll blame Mexico or Mexicans when there is something wrong FYI every race has a part in this world…..so sunshine watch what you say before you open your mouth!!!!

  6. Sunshine   July 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Darn, those European Mexicans

  7. @Sunshine   July 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Comment #6 – LOL!! You made my day!!

  8. peace   July 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

    And we wonder why there is so much hate in the world. I guess now we know where our children learn it from…ignorant adults @sunshine.

  9. Sunshine   July 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Comment #6 is not my comment. Easy… meta world…

  10. LMAO   July 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Nope peace, they learn it from idiot adults who have no sense of humor. We all know that a lot of diseases that were eradicated in this country 50 or 60years ago are now coming back to us over the border. Not because the people are poor, or because they have dark skins, but because they come from a third world country that does not put the health of it’s people first. Wherever the measles are coming from we need to get a handle on it. I believe that comment #6 was making an amusing comment not trying to offend anyone. Lighten up.

  11. Sunshine (the real one)   July 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Don’t you see… I did not write comment #6! Someone used my screen name! I do not have a sense of humor, and I am exactly what LMAO is talking about (an adult who has no sense of humor).

  12. Frogie   July 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    What Sunshine implied was that the majority of people going to the Fallbrook Hospital ER are Mexicans who use the ER as their primary doctor. Just visit there sometime and see who the patients are. Many Mexican children coming right from Mexico do not have the required immunizations to enter school. A few years back there was an epidemic of chicken pox in San Diego County. Chicken pox was eradicated in the United States years ago. Just one easy guess who brought this in our country.


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