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Tourist may have exposed locals to measles

Public Health Department issues warning after traveler visits eateries, stores while potentially contagious

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

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

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Poki Bowl

2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

1:30-4 p.m.


600 Showers Drive, Mountain View

3-5 p.m.

Sunday, March 17:

Bill's Cafe

3163 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


400 Castro St., Mountain View

6-9 p.m.

Friday, March 22:


645 San Antonio Road, Mountain View

4:30-6:30 p.m.


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30 people like this
Posted by Alcoa
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Whew! At least we know everybody in the Bay Area is vaccinated, so we're all protected.


2 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Luckily, I haven't visited any of listed sites during that time frame, so, I guess that means I'm safe, right? Isn't that how it works?

14 people like this
Posted by rap reynolds
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 26, 2019 at 5:26 pm

> so, I guess that means I'm safe

Unless someone you know got it at one or more of those locations - and selfishly decided that vaccinations were 'not a good idea' (excluding those with legit readons: chemo, radiation, compromised immune systems.)

10 people like this
Posted by Diseases Transmitted From Outsiders
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm

How were they able to establish & confirm the locations?

It appears the sites were frequented by immigrants/foreign visitors who were either not vaccinated or carrying the virus.

3 people like this
Posted by Teacher
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:22 pm

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Posted by Wow-wee
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

Marie is a registered user.

And then there is Madagascar: over 900 deaths in 2018/2019 and in Israel, two deaths in 2018 from measles (not to mention the ones with serious impacts)

Web Link

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If we get enough measles cases, we will get deaths as well as serious complications that we have now.

2 people like this
Posted by swuzy
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 27, 2019 at 8:46 am

swuzy is a registered user.

Locations and timeline are easy to establish from cellphone GPS geolocation apps.

11 people like this
Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 27, 2019 at 10:56 am

Mama is a registered user.

Epidemic going on right now in one New York county. Legal action is required to make the scofflaws accountable. Throw the parents in jail if their kid gets measles and infects others. Victims should also sue the negligent parents. Not vaccinating is just plain stupidity, and there is a lot of it around here. This is particlarly dangerous for infants under six months who cannot be vaccinated.

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