The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms one case of measles in a person who visited the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Pasadena while infectious between December 26 to December 29.
This person visited the following venues at the following times:
- Santa Monica Pier and the Blue Plate Taco restaurant (1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) on December 26 from 1:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.,
- Ralphs (3601 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena) and Nordstrom Rack Hastings Village (3363 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena) on December 28 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and
- Paradise Cove Beach Café in the city of Malibu on December 29, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
No current risk related to measles exists at these venues at this time as the period of possible exposure ended more than a week ago. In addition, because measles is spread from person-to-person by the respiratory route, there is no risk present related to food that may have been consumed at these locations.
However, individuals who were present at these locations during the indicated times, especially those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been immunized against measles, may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness.
“If you think that you or someone you know has been exposed to or has measles, contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before going in,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “People who may have been exposed to measles and who have not been immunized, may receive measles immunization and be protected from developing the disease. Getting immunized is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles.”
Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 12 days after the exposure. Persons who were potentially exposed and who develop symptoms of measles (especially fever and rash) should seek care immediately. Call ahead to your provider before going in so that actions can be taken to protect others.