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Measles Case Confirmed in Berkeley

On May 11, the city of Berkeley was made aware of a potential measles case involving an adult Berkeley resident. While the individual is no longer contagious, they reported visiting a local grocery store, Berkeley Bowl, on May 7 between 3-5 p.m. when they may have still been contagious. This is Berkeley's first documented measles case during the recent country-wide outbreaks.

“The virus itself is easily transmitted: an infected person’s cough or sneeze can linger in the air for up to an hour – at which point the risk dissipates,” the city said in a news release Friday.

Initial symptoms, which appear one to three weeks after exposure, include runny noses, red eyes, coughs and fevers, followed by the individual develops a rash that typically starts on the face and can spread elsewhere on the body.

Individuals who may have been in contact with the infected individual, who are experiencing potential symptoms, or who otherwise have concerns should contact their medical provider. Anyone experiencing symptoms should alert their providers before showing up, as the providers may have to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

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