If you were out doing your normal Sunday shopping at Costco in Gilroy, California (7251 Camino Arroyo) on Sunday, January 18 between 4 and 6 pm, you should be aware that you may have been exposed to measles. Apparently, an adult man with measles (and thus highly contagious) decided that it would be the perfect time to go out and do lots of errands. So, Costco shoppers were possibly exposed and this person may have also visited the Walmart across the street and a nearby Walgreens, as well. Then this person went out for a little dinner and fun at Dave and Buster’s in Milpitas, so if you were there on the same Sunday between 6 and 10 pm, you might have been exposed to measles.
If you were at any of these places you should be vigilant about any possible symptoms until February 8, according to health officials. Since measles is an airborne disease, passed along through breathing, coughing, things like that, it is highly contagious to those that do not have immunity; this is why it is important to get a vaccine for measles. Symptoms for measles include things like fever, white spots in the mouth, cough, runny nose, and of course a red rash and usually develop between 7 and 14 days after exposure. The rash on your skin will normally appear between 2 and 4 days after you have started having symptoms. A high fever and white spots in the mouth are the earliest symptoms that are definitely signs that you should contact your doctor; contact them before you go in so that you can avoid passing measles on to others if possible.
Fortunately, for most the course of measles will last less than two weeks without complications. However, some people are at much greater risk for having severe complications and measles can even prove fatal to some. Those that have an underlying immunodeficiency illnesses (Lupus, RA, AIDS, cancer, take corticosteroids or certain other medications), are pregnant, have a vitamin A deficiency, or babies that are too young to have received a vaccine can have a very severe progression of the infection leading to things like pneumonia and bronchitis, amongst other things. So, if you think, or know, you have measles, don’t go shopping and “share” it with anyone else!
The infected person at Costco is part of the ongoing outbreak caused by the person at Disneyland. So far this outbreak has led to at least 87 cases of measles across seven states and Mexico. Hopefully, everyone reading here has received a vaccine, and will all be okay; though if you are immunodeficient you are at risk regardless of your vaccine status. Also, health officials have also started telling people to make sure to get a booster shot since there are so many people who choose to go unvaccinated against preventable infections like this.
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