An international traveler recently found to have measles visited at least six public spaces in the Palo Alto area earlier this month, leading the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to warn the community that they may be at risk of getting sick if they're not vaccinated against the disease.
The traveler with measles is an adult who was exposed to the infection overseas and visited 20 restaurants, stores and tourist sites within the county from March 16 through last Saturday, March 23, the Public Health Department announced in a statement Tuesday. The locations include places in Palo Alto, Stanford University and Mountain View. (Scroll down to the bottom of this story for a full list of the locations in the Palo Alto area.)
Their vaccination status is unverified; however, they were hospitalized as a result of their illness. For medical privacy reasons, no additional information about the traveler was released.
Individuals who are not immune and visited the locations may be at risk of developing the viral infection, the agency said. The traveler confirmed to be carrying measles also visited establishments in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Cupertino, Santa Clara and Milpitas.
"The good news is that most people living in Santa Clara County have been vaccinated and are protected from measles," said Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer and director of the Public Health Department. "However, if you or a family member are not immune to measles and you think you were exposed to measles, watch closely for fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash that starts on the face. Call your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms," she added. The symptoms can appear seven to 21 days after first exposure, according to the agency.
This case is not related to the three cases found in the Bay Area earlier this month, the agency said.
The infection is a threat to unvaccinated children and their parents, unvaccinated adults, adults and children with weakened immune systems and infants who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.
For more information about measles, go to sccgov.org.
The following list includes locations, dates and times the traveler visited the Palo Alto area.
Saturday, March 16:
Hoover Tower Observation Deck
550 Serra Mall, Stanford
2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
600 Showers Drive, Mountain View
Sunday, March 17:
3163 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
400 Castro St., Mountain View
Friday, March 22:
645 San Antonio Road, Mountain View