4th Measles Victim Linked to Same Original Case

The patient could have exposed others at a VA clinic, a gym, at church and the Navy Exchange

San Diego County health officials have announced that a fourth person has been diagnosed with measles.

A San Diego resident contracted measles on a recent trip to the Philippines, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA.) The three other cases are all linked to that person.

Health officials say the fourth victim could have exposed others to the highly contagious disease at the following times and places:

  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Chula Vista Clinic, 835 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, March 3–7 and on March 10 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, 870 Amena Court, Chula Vista, March 3 and March 9 between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Mater Dei Catholic Church, 1571 Magdalena Ave., Chula Vista, March 5 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and March 9 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Navy Exchange Main Store, Naval Base San Diego, 2260 Callagan Hwy., on March 9 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

HHSA officials say measles take between seven and 21 days to develop after exposure. Early symptoms include a cough, runny nose and red eyes.

About one to four days after early symptoms, a distinctive red rash typically appears, beginning on the face and head and then proceeding downward and outward to the hands and feet. The rash fades in the same order it began, from head to feet. Complications from the disease can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia.

Health officials say there is an ongoing measles outbreak in the Philippines responsible for 1,700 cases of the disease and 21 measles-related deaths in 2013.

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